Russian embargo hits European farmers

An extraordinary meeting of the European Agriculture Council is currently underway, reviewing the consequences of the Russian embargo, amid calls for support from Europe's farmers.

Agriculture ministers from the 28 EU member states are meeting in Brussels to decide how to react to the embargo, in place since 6 August. Certain agricultural products, food stuffs and raw materials from the European Union, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway have been banned in Russia in response to sanctions imposed on Moscow over the situation in Ukraine.

Aid to farmers not forthcoming The French agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, has come under pressure to create an aid package for French farmers. However, Le Foll replied that the situation was being "managed at a European level," and refused to consider allocating funds from outside the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to help farmers.

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