“Vesti” published an article entitled “No Russian butter croissants and muffins in Europe for Christmas will be Golden.”
Referring to the CNN report, the authors note, write: “European confectioners are sounding the alarm: serious crisis with the oil they predict a sharp increase in the price of croissants, scones and other pastries.
Show more… the Peak of the crisis may reach the New year, when a particularly popular Christmas cupcakes. <…> Experts explain that “oil” the crisis arose from the anti-Russian sanctions, while world oil consumption is recovering after years of decline. It is noted that before the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions, Russia’s share accounted for 24% of exports of butter in the EU.”
Who are these experts of the “News” remains a mystery. But the export with the import they are obviously confused.
CNN is really saying that Europe is faced with a shortage of butter. Retail prices in June rose by 20% in comparison with June of last year. That’s just not the fault of the sanctions. The main reason for the oil crisis — increase in demand caused by two factors: first, the growing consumption of this non-traditional local food product in China, and secondly, recent studies have shown that perceptions of the harmfulness of butter for health is wrong, and it changed the diet of the supporters of a healthy lifestyle.
But what about the 24% of exports, which were given to Russia? Is it really “News” took this figure from the ceiling? Not at all. Figure from CNN. But exactly the opposite: 24% of the total exported by European Union countries of butter were sold to Russia until it imposed an embargo on imports of European products.
CNN says that due to the loss of the Russian market of milk in Europe fell markedly, and in many countries was even cheaper drinking water. This led to a reduction in the production of dairy products, some dairy farms have closed, so now can not quickly meet the growing demand. So have some respect to the “oil crisis” Russia still has, but not such as write “News”.
Sanctions against Russian agricultural exports to the EU generally did not enter. It sanctions related to the arms trade, some kinds of mineral raw materials, investment in certain sectors (agriculture in this list not included), the supply of equipment for mining. Retaliatory sanctions of Russia against EU countries will affect only the import of European food, but not the export of Russian goods.