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·         Putin Says Sanctions Led Russia to Self-Sufficiency in Pork, Poultry

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia became the leader in the export of grain and wheat despite sanctions imposed against Russia.

 

·         Putin vows to continue supporting agribusiness after lifting of food embargo

… "I’m now negotiating with our Chinese friends so that they open China’s market for our pork and poultry producers," Putin said...

 

 

Putin Says Sanctions Led Russia to Self-Sufficiency in Pork, Poultry

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia became the leader in the export of grain and wheat despite sanctions imposed against Russia.

 

President Putin's Annual Q&A Session 2017

 

Sputnik News (Russia)

15.06.2017

 

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is now almost completely self-sufficient in pork and poultry meat as a result of anti-Russian sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during his annual "Direct Line" call-in session.

 

"We all know that growth [in agriculture] is around 3 percent, Russia has become the number one country, the leader in the export of grain and wheat. We have significantly reduced our imports, our own production, for example of pork and poultry meat, now almost completely covers our needs," Putin stressed while describing the sanctions’ influence on Russia’s economy, adding that Russia was now looking for new markets to export its mean, eyeing China in particular.

 

Putin said that the sanctions had a positive effect on the output of a number of industries...

 

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https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706151054653881-russia-sanctions-effect-putin/

 

 

Putin vows to continue supporting agribusiness after lifting of food embargo

 

TASS Russian News Agency

June 15, 2017

 

MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russian authorities will continue indirect support of agricultural producers but not at a large scale, President Vladimir Putin said during the annual televised question and answer session on Thursday.

 

"Not a direct support but an indirect one, which is not prohibited within the WTO framework. Certainly, it will continue but there should not be expected a large-scale and direct support," the president said.

 

The food embargo will be canceled after sanctions against Russia are lifted, Putin said. "Our government extended sanctions until the end of this year - until December 31. We will look at development of relations with countries that imposed sanctions against our economy. Regarding the endless continuation of any restrictions - if our partners start lifting sanctions in respect of our economy, then we will also have to do so, otherwise we will face problems within the WTO framework," the President added.

 

There is a need to create a competitive environment on the Russian market that will work in the interests of consumers and limit food prices hike, Putin said. Russian producers should improve labor productivity and production efficiency. Then they will be in a more favorable situation versus Western competitors on account of lower logistical expenses, he added.

 

Chinese market

 

Vladimir Putin said that he would agree with the Chinese side on opening China’s market for Russian pork and poultry producers.

 

"Our domestic poultry and pork production covers actually all our needs. Moreover, we are now looking for sales markets," the Russian president said.

 

"I’m now negotiating with our Chinese friends so that they open China’s market for our pork and poultry producers," Putin said...

 

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http://tass.com/economy/951428