Following the introduction of sanctions on food imports by the Russian Federation, Lithuania's Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitienė has turned to Italian Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Minister Maurizio Martina, who holds the rotating presidency of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), with a request to convene an extraordinary meeting of EU ministers of agriculture as soon as possible, possibly even in August.
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In the address Lithuania expresses its concern about the ban on imports of the basic European agricultural products.

According to preliminary estimates, Lithuanian dairy, meat, fruit and vegetable companies will sustain losses amounting to LTL 160 million (EUR 46.3 million) due to the sanctions imposed by the Russian Federation.

"I firmly believe that we have to take common actions and to find the best solution to deal with Russia's countermeasures," says Minister Baltraitienė.

On 7 August, Moscow announced a one-year-long embargo on most food products imported from the United States, the European Union and other Western countries that supported sanctions against Russia.

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