Russia’s Ambassador to Norway: Oslo couldn’t find a replacement for the Russian fish market

© RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyna. Archival photoRussia’s Ambassador to Norway: Oslo couldn’t find a replacement for the Russian fish market© RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn

Norway failed to fully find a replacement for the Russian market after the introduction of retaliatory measures to the EU sanctions against Russia, joined by Norway, and this issue is painful for the fishing industry of the Kingdom, told RIA Novosti Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Norway Teimuraz Ramishvili on the sidelines of the international conference «Arctic frontiers».

«After the cooling of relations (between Russia and Norway) in 2014, and we and the Norwegians adapt to the new situation, from an economic point of view is the loss of a billion dollars from fish trade with Russia. There have been attempts to find markets, great hopes were associated with the improvement of relations with China, but the Russian market has not been replaced,» said Ramishvili.

According to him, it’s exciting and fishermen, and politicians in Norway. Meanwhile, the diplomat noted, Norway and Russia successfully develop relations in the sphere of joint management of resources in the Northern seas.

Earlier in an interview with RIA Novosti Deputy Minister of fisheries of Norway, Per Sandberg said that he expects to return salmon to the Russian market in the near future. While Sandberg noted that the current situation with embargo on the supply of fish in Russia, is not a challenge for the Norwegian fishing industry, and fishermen managed to find new markets in China, Japan, Vietnam.

Of the Russian Federation in August 2014, imposed a ban on the import of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from countries that have applied sanctions against Russia: US, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway.