Greek EU exit may trigger end of Russian food import ban

Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov

 EU exit ; Russia may lift its ban on food imports from Greece in the event it quits the European Union, according to Russia’s Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov. Speaking at a news conference in Berlin last week, Fyodorov claimed that several EU member states who were feeling the economic effects of the ban had been  asking Russia to cushion its impact by diversifying into other types of imports.
At a meeting with his German counterpart Christian Schmidt, the two ministers also looked  at expanding bilateral trade in food products in the framework of the current laws. “We cannot solve pressing political problems, but we can maintain dialogue in the current conditions,” Schmidt said. “We can make trade between our countries more intensive.” German exports of foods to Russia have dropped 23%, (by about) $500m since August 2014, when Russia  first imposed the EU food import ban. ITAR-TASS