Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Oleksii Pavlenko says that Ukraine pressed by Russia's military and trade aggression continues to reduce agricultural turnover to the country, geographically diversifying its agricultural exports.
He stressed that in such circumstances, an embargo on Ukraine's agricultural products Russia is set to impose on Jan. 1, 2016 will not affect the development of the domestic agricultural sector.
As previously reported, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food claimed the decline in export of agricultural products to Russia by 75 percent (down to $222 mln) in January-September 2015 compared to the same period last year.
President Poroshenko is concerned about Russia's intention to impose an embargo on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products and groceries from Jan. 1, 2016.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström says the EU will help Ukraine avoid the embargo by the Russian side after the EU-Ukraine free trade zone deal takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016.