A report by Berliner Zeitung claims that, despite wide-ranging EU sanctions against Moscow, Poland continues to import Russian vegetables. Dozens of trucks are constantly arriving at the wholesale market in the Polish town of Bronisze, on the outskirts of Warsaw. They are bringing in Russian cucumbers and tomatoes. The cucumbers are priced at 55 zloty (USD12.48) for 5 kilos, well below the cost of EU-produced vegetables.
Vegetable prices have been on the rise in Poland in recent months, with local farmers struggling to meet higher energy costs to power their greenhouses. In February, annual inflation in Poland accelerated to 18.4 percent, the highest level since 1996 and one of the highest in the EU, with food prices and energy costs rising at the fastest pace. Recent media reports citing police data claim that Poland has registered a 31 percent growth in shoplifting crimes at food stores since the price spikes.