Media said, as the Netherlands and Belgium put sanctions pears in Russia

© Fotolia / papasek with pearsMedia said, as the Netherlands and Belgium put sanctions pears in Russia© Fotolia / kingan

Dutch and Belgian farmers are continuing to supply Russia with pear bypassing food embargo imposed by Moscow in 2014. This writes the newspaper de Volkskrant.

The journalist of the newspaper decided to investigate, after accidentally noticed on the photo of his friend from Russia pear varieties «Conference», which is grown in Belgium and the Netherlands. She wondered, as fruit, the import of which is prohibited in Russia from the European Union, appeared on the Russian table.

It turned out that farmers buy certificates from corrupt African countries and the import of pears to Russia through Lithuania and Belarus.

Thus, it appears that they are shipped from the Netherlands or Belgium, and, as the newspaper notes, from countries that do not typically growing pears: Congo, Zambia, Sierra Leone, etc.

According to de Volkskrant, the sale of the certificates to the fruits are more than 26 African countries.

It is noted that thanks to this scheme, the Netherlands and Belgium managed to save half of the volume of trade a pear with Russia, despite the limitations.

In August 2014, Moscow imposed an embargo on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from countries that have applied sanctions against Russia: US, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway. So, the ban covers meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

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