British farmers are unlikely to be affected by Russia's decision today to ban imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products from the EU and a further four countries for 12 months.
Martin Haworth, deputy director-general of the National Farmers Union, said that the UK exported food and drink worth only £115m to Russia last year. The total included £17m of frozen fish, £5.7m of cheese and £5.3m of coffee.
“However, other EU countries do export a lot and there is every likelihood that a ban could have an impact on EU prices, which will then have a knock-on effect in the UK," Haworth said.
The Foreign Office said that Russia had no grounds for imposing the sanctions, which will also affect the United States, Australia, Norway and Canada.
"Instead of retaliating, Russia should be using its influence with the violent Russian-backed separatists to stop destabilising Ukraine," a spokesman said.
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