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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Polish PM Tusk: Europe, Russia want to avoid fuel market sanctions

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said last week that Europe and Russia do not want fuel market sanctions during the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Russian oil and gas sanctions on the EU, Tusk said, would probably first hit Russia, ITAR-TASS reports.

"Quite the contrary, Russia and many Western European countries would like to exclude [the] gas market from the discussion of sanctions," Tusk said, according to ITAR-TASS.

Tusk, speaking on the Russian ban on Polish fruit and vegetable imports, said losses this season were "serious but no tragedy" and that most contracts were already realized and paid for.

Russian veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor banned almost all Polish fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Aug. 1, including apples, pears, cherries, sweet cherries, peaches, plums and cabbage, following purported certification violations and the detection of quarantine pests, ITAR-TASS reports.

To overcome the ban's consequences, Poland received an estimated $670 million from the European Commissioners for agriculture, healthcare and trade.

"We should think what to do in the future if the embargo lingers on," Tusk said, according to ITAR-TASS.