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The European Commission allows Lithuania to provide only small aid to its food producers hit by Russian sanctions. However, the EC will separately assess the country's situation, the Lithuanian Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday.
Brussels allows only minimal aid for businesses hit by Russian sanctions
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"It was proposed that the member states apply de minimis aid on their own," Rimantas Krasuckis, director of the ministry's Agricultural Production and Food Industry Department, said in a press release.

Lithuania's situation as to the opening of the so-called "private storage aid" mechanism will be assessed separately, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, the Commission looked at what impact Russia's sanctions had on trade in fruit and vegetables and on trade in animal products.

Last week, Moscow imposed restrictions on meat, vegetable and fruit, milk and milk product imports from the EU, US and other countries that supported sanctions against Russia over its policies in Ukraine. The embargo is to remain in effect for one year.

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