Ambassador to Russia told how the food embargo affected the economy of the Czech Republic

© RIA Novosti / Mikhail Metalicheskiy and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Czech Republic to Russia Vladimir Remek. Archival photoAmbassador to Russia told how the food embargo affected the economy of the Czech Republic© RIA Novosti / Mikhail Metzel

Russian food embargo has not really affected the economies of the Czech Republic, said Czech Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Remek in an interview with RIA Novosti.

«Basically, it (the Russian food embargo – editor) the Czech Republic is not particularly concerned, because there was such a mass of food products, which would go to Russia», — he said.

However, according to the diplomat, embargo intensified cooperation of the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation in matters of agricultural technology.

«In the Czech Republic is quite strong component of industrial agriculture, i.e. the development and production of technologies, different machines, etc. due To the fact that Russia is headed for greater independence and self-sufficiency in production of basic and core products, increased demand for our technology. Recently came here our Minister of agriculture at the head of the entrepreneurial mission, we were in Rostov-on-don. We have a large traditional agricultural show in the southern Bohemia, there invited the Russian delegation. The sanctions have prompted some of the nuances of cooperation in this field. In Russia the well-known German firm CLAAS has built a plant for production of combine harvesters, supplier of spare parts for these combines is a Czech company Agrostroj Pelhřimov. She next began construction of a plant for the production of components for agriculture and technology, and also for the German companies,» — said Remek.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 August 2014 signed a decree banning the import into Russia of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from countries that have applied sanctions against Russia: US, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway. As a result, under the ban were meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. As you save the sanctions of the West Russia has also extended their response.

The EU Council on June 28 adopted a formal decision to extend by six months of economic restrictive measures against Russia, which operated until the end of July 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin on 30 June signed a decree on extension of measures on sanctions until 31 December 2018.

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