Import: Lithuania pushes for more tariffs on Russian food

Import: Lithuania pushes for more tariffs on Russian food

At the EU summit in Brussels, Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda spoke out in favor of stricter import rules for food from Russia. He calls on EU heads of state to take action.

Lithuania has called for stricter EU import restrictions on food from Russia. Higher customs duties should be introduced not only for wheat, oilseeds and products made from them, but also for other foods, Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda said on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels.

He called on other EU leaders to “take economic measures, impose additional tariffs to make these imports from Russia and Belarus uncompetitive.”

Despite the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the EU states have significantly increased their grain imports from Russia in recent years. “That’s why we have to make a decision to prevent their import,” Nauseda said.

In March, the EU Commission proposed higher customs duties for the import of Russian grain. According to a diplomat, the EU states are currently trying to reach an agreement. If this happens and the tariffs are introduced as proposed, the EU Commission expects that the corresponding exports from Russia to the EU will virtually come to a standstill.

Source: Stern

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