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French Farmers On Strike Against Anti-Russian Sanctions

22.07.2015 18:34

Russian embargo on EU food imports has had tragic consequences on the French agricultural business, Nadine Morano, former French Minister and current member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, told French Sud Radio in an interview. The French government is the main culprit and should be held accountable for the destruction of the country's agricultural sector, Morano said.

President Francois Hollande's senseless policies towards Russia caused the crisis, Morano said. Russia banned the import of meat, fish, diary, fruit and vegetables from the European Union (EU) last summer in response to European economic sanctions imposed on Russia earlier over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

"Due to the Russian food embargo, the EU has already lost 21 billion since the beginning of the embargo, and could lose up to 81 billion over time. For the French agricultural sector, the food embargo has been dramatic, and we can all see the direct effects of the government's international policy," Morano told Sud Radio.