Nearly 40 tonnes of Moldovan apples and plums were sent back to the exporter. According to the Russian inspection, the documents aren't in order. In Moscow, two members of parliament made a new proposal: allow import from pro-Russian companies. That way, the politicians want to spare European companies with long relations in Russia. The German minister of Agriculture once again called for a dialogue with Russia.
Moldovan apples and plums return to sender
At the border between Belarus and Russia, a shipment of apples from Moldova was stopped. The inspection found an error in the papers accompanying the 19 tonnes of apples. According to the service, the data on the phytosanitary documents and the Belarusian re-export papers didn't match. A little farther, at the same border, 19.5 tonnes of plums from Moldova were stopped. Here too, the inspection said, the accompanying papers had been tampered with. Both shipments were sent back to the exporter.
Russian politicians: allow import through pro-Russian companies
A new proposal can be added to the long list of proposals made in the Russian parliament regarding the boycott. Members of parliament Igor Zotov and Yara Lantratova have filed a proposal to allow the import of boycotted products, providing the exporting party is pro-Russian, according to Russian media. According to the MPs, a register would have to be made in which companies are included that are against the sanctions. That way, the politicians want to solve the problem that companies with years of experience in Russia are now faced with closed borders. In addition, the MPs point to public protests against the sanctions by Greek, German, Italian and other European companies.
Germany again calls for dialogue
The German minister of Agriculture has again emphasized the importance of keeping the dialogue open with Russia. Especially in terms of the exchange of techniques and innovations, the relationship between Germany and Russia is highly important. That's what the minister said after the end of Agritechnica.
"End to European propaganda"
Before the EU and Russia can enter into talks again, first the Russophobic rhetoric in European media has to stop, argues the Russian emissary in the EU. He accuses the European media of an anti-Russian campaign.