Russia has banned the import of Ukrainian cheese as a response to Kiev’s actions of removing from the market of a number of confectionery products, cheeses and fish originated from Russia. This situation can only be called a trade war.
Russia’s national food resources cover 80% of the internal demand
“Nezavisimaya Gazeta” asked the experts about their opinion on food security in Russia.
Expert of the Analytical Center Elena Razumova considers that in the current confrontation Ukraine is more disadvantaged, and Russian national food market wouldn’t be significantly affected by the trade war. “First of all, Russia’s national food resources (meat, cereals, oil products, eggs, sugar) cover 80% of the internal demand. Secondly, it is necessary to take into consideration that the main food importer for our country is Belarus, which is able to compensate any reduction in imports from other countries”, - said Mrs. Razumova.
According to statistics, among the products imported from Ukraine the most important were confectionery products (around 30%), alcohol (20%) and cereals (18%). All of these products could be easily supplied from other countries. “The only exception is specific alcoholic products (mainly from the Nemiroff company). Withdrawal of the official legal producer from the market or reduction of its share could lead to the appearance of counterfeit products on the market”, - said Mrs. Razumova.