Farmers in Europe will be paid to destroy or give away fruit and vegetables to stop prices from collapsing after Russia banned imports in retaliation for Western sanctions. 125 million euros to compensate producers for not selling a range of perishable items, harvesting them before they ripen or leaving them to rot. Measure aimed at reducing the supply so the prices don’t drop to crisis levels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, will meet on August 26 in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, the Kremlin said. The talks will take place as part of a summit between leaders of the countries in the Eurasian Customs Union - Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
A nationalist party MP is suggesting the Russian government introduce more restrictions on food imports, covering nations that have an association agreement with the EU, including Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
Crimea asked Russia for permission to continue importing milk, dairy products, sugar and sunflower oil from Ukraine. Crimea is less dependent on Ukraine in other food items because it either has its own reserves or has compensated its needs with supplies from mainland Russia.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged vigilance against “sliding ever deeper into a direct confrontation between Ukrainian and Russian armed forces," adding, "This must be avoided at all cost." "We need a durable solution".
Agricultural export to Russia $15.8 billion in 2013. Estimated loss for European economy $16 billion. Russian sanctions may draw Europe into a market crisis. Sanctions have already caused a serious blow to the European agricultural sector, causing a sharp drop in prices.
Foreign Ministers of the 28-member European Union agreed Friday to consider new sanctions against Russia if Moscow maintains its stance on the Ukrainian crisis, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.
Three men and three women from the Melbourne Palestine Action Group occupied the roof of Elbit Systems of Australia for five hours before being removed, arrested by police. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel.
Veterinary standards officials authorised four more Brazilian pork suppliers to serve Russian market, lifts temporary restrictions banning exports to Russia of pork imposed after ractopamine a drug making animals more muscular found in their products.
President Vladimir Putin: Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against Western agricultural imports are prompted to protect domestic agricultural producers. who found themselves in a disadvantage in their own market after Europe had imposed sanctions against Russia.
The opportunity, created for BRICS group of emerging economies’ member Brazil to increase its food exports to Russia, following the ban imposed by Moscow on the United States and European Union food products, could put Brazil at odds with Washington.
A Colorado Republican state senator justified hydraulic fracturing commonly known as “fracking” said the presence of burnable amounts of methane gas in drinking water is a natural phenomenon. the “Indians” used it for “warmth in the wintertime” many years ago.
This open letter was inspired by a friend of mine who suggested that you should be urged to resign rather than remain a prisoner of the majority in Congress who take their orders from the Zionist lobby and its so-called Christian evangelical allies and who by doing so are betraying America’s own best interests and could be called traitors not mere stooges.
Moscow banned all food imports from the EU, the US, and other countries who imposed sanctions on Russia. 60 percent of Poland's territory is agricultural land, crucial part of the economy. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples, fifth largest producer in the world, biggest supplier to Russia.
Western companies are determined to work with Russia, despite sanctions, Moscow welcomes this intention and is ready to widen the cooperation; Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sunday, Turkish citizens for the first time directly elect their head of state forfive-year term. 53 million people are eligible to vote in Turkey. three main candidates in the election, includes incumbent prime minister ruling Justice, Development Party’s (AKP) candidate, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
US and Britain say any Russian humanitarian mission in Ukraine will be “unjustified and illegal; Statement issued by Downing Street "The Prime Minister and President are absolutely clear that such a so-called humanitarian mission would be unjustified and illegal
Finally an independent voice has come out of Europe. The publisher of Germany’s most important newspaper has criticized both the German press for serving as a ministry of propaganda for Washington and criticized Washington’s policy toward Russia as a failure to think:
Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, at a press conference in Kiev, outlined that would also work with Ukraine on defense planning, as well as how to reform its armed forces and institutions. Rasmussen repeatedly made the point that they are ready to advise and assist Ukraine.
Russian import ban could seriously affect French fruit and vegetable industry. “Russia is a significant market for France that grows by 10 percent each year. It’s not trivial.” Merchandise now needs new clients before it reaches its expiry date.
Russia imposes a total ban on deliveries of beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products,”; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russia bought $43 billion worth of food last year, biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables. Russia considers the sanctions economic warfare.
Communist Party lawmakers asking Russian government to impose sanctions on tobacco, alcohol and carbonated drinks from all countries that support sanctions against Russia, saying that would be in the interests of national security. will protect the Russian gene pool against low quality drinks.
A one-year ban has been imposed on certain agricultural produce, foods and raw materials from countries that have sanctioned Russia. An order on economic measures to protect the country's security has been signed by President Putin.
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, blasted the country’s parliament as a “fifth column which cannot recognize the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics as terrorist groups.” The country is in need of snap parliamentary elections.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure early Friday that could give $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Angela Merkel 'dealing directly with Putin call on Russia not to meddle with Ukraine's trade with the EU' 'Moscow would offer Kiev long-term gas supply contract. Eastern Ukraine would be given some powers, Ukrainian President would 'abandon attempts to join Nato.
El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza. Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest: deliberate Israeli attack on a UN-run girls’ school full of civilians “totally unacceptable and indefensible,” US believes Israel not doing enough to avoid civilian deaths. Israel claimed strikes didn’t happen, then claimed were justified, and finally claimed were accidental.
US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Wednesday hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd."
The United States is in negotiations to open a new military base in southern Uzbekistan in the Uzbek city of Termez, which is just across the Amu Darya River from Afghanistan, would bring $1 billion to the Uzbek budget annually, uzmetronom.com reported Wednesday.
Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland Wednesday, said it may extend the restrictions to rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier, said the ban was for sanitary reasons.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Democratic Party member says Israel urgently needs more financial aid from the United States for its offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Warned that the Obama administration’s $225 million request to aid Israel during its current war may not be enough.
Foster families will be paid $40 per day for each migrant they take in from Catholic Charities. The payments are funded by the federal government, foster family is allowed to keep and care for up to six individuals at any given time,$7,400 a month more than most Americans earn at their jobs.
A report issued last week tabulating the results of the first 25 statewide primary elections held in the United States this year found that voter turnout was the lowest in history, at least since the primary system became the norm after the Second World War. Only 14.8 percent of eligible citizens voted.
"In the face of intensifying Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, the government of Chile — in coordination with other administrations in the region — has resolved to recall the Chilean ambassador in Tel Aviv, Jorge Montero, to Santiago for consultations," the Chilean Foreign Ministry.
The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits. The $13 million disbursed last week brings to $151 million the amount disbursed since the program started in 2005, most of it to Jewish institutions.
Republican, Democrat lawmakers gathered at event hosted by National Leadership Assembly for Israel, expressed their opposition to any criticism of Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians.“We're here today to stand with Israel,” John Boehner (R-Ohio)“As long as I'm Speaker of the House, this will be our cause.”
.US Congressmen presented the US House of Representatives a bill recognizing Ukraine's main US ally out of NATO, as well as providing the country direct military assistance. The non-NATO ally status would entitle Kiev to broad financial aid from Washington to buy military equipment and weapons.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper appeared before Congress and lied about the program. He later said that he gave the least untruthful statement he could think of. But it was nevertheless untrue and potentially a crime for which he could be prosecuted.
The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen starts on Monday, with the couple charged with selling political favors for a loan, gifts and vacations.
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