Bloody grain and fertiliser. What the European Union will do (VIDEO)

On Monday, Minister of Agriculture Kęstutis Navickas attended a meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, where only declarative references were made to the need to restrict the import of Russian and Belarusian agricultural products, not to mention the transit of such products.

For example, imports of Russian fertilisers into Poland grew more than 7-fold in January-February 2024. 

"The increase in import duties is not only important for the Lithuanian Cereal Growers' Association, but also for everyone in Lithuania. So far, there are no sanctions on Russian cereals and Russian food products in general, or on Belarusian food products. Europe buys Russian food products, produce, raw materials, fertilisers, which are also not sanctioned," said Aušrys Macijauskas, head of the Lithuanian Grain Growers Association, adding that Russia is winning the propaganda war.

Viktas Pranckietis, chairman of the Seimas Committee on Rural Affairs, says that the first thing we need to discuss is the political aspect – whether we are talking about banning the Russian business, or about fostering the Russian business, but with benefits for Lithuania.

"Higher tariffs would be good for us financially, but moral when we support Russian business, which also feeds the war in Ukraine"," says Mr Pranckietis.

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