Russia’s revenge against Albania

Food embargo for supporting US/EU sanctions


Russia included Albania in its food embargo list, a punishment for its support for Western sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and the aggression in Ukraine.
The move was announced yesterday, August 13, by the Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, who listed a number of new countries that affected by the extension of Russia’s emargo.
“From now on, the list – which already includes the EU, Australia, Canada, Norway and the US, and prohibits the supplies of some agricultural products from these countries since last August – has been extended to Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein and, subject to special conditions, Ukraine,” Medvedev said.
Last week, Russian authorities conducted a mass destruction of some illegal food imports. It was a ridiculous spectacle, whose scale remains in doubt as food from abroad has continued to flow illegally despite the band.
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has moved dangerous towards an authoritarian regime, undermining democracy by outlawing NGOs, closing almost all independent media, and persecuting opposition leaders and critics. More dangerously, reckless military moves and political statements signal a return to Cold War environment in Europe.
US and the European Union have responded with sanctions to force a withdrawal of the Russian troops out of Ukraine, which would open a road to peace for the former Soviet republic. Albania and some other countries in the region have supported the sanction, while Serbia hasn’t.
It is not clear to what extent this ban will hurt Albanian food producers and whether EU would offer some kind of compensation. (r.a.)

Russia’s food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor says the volume of imported fruits and vegetables illegally crossing Russian borders has plummeted since the operation began.

“These countries explained their decision to prolong anti-Russian sanctions by the fact that they are obliged to do so under some sorts of agreements with the EU, but this position is only partly true,” said Medvedev, “a number of states that have similar agreements with the EU haven’t joined the sanctions against Russia, so that was a conscious choice, which means their readiness to a response from our part”.