A number of farmers from Belgium and the Netherlands continue to deliver fruits to Russia, bypassing the counter-sanctions imposed by the Russian Federation. This is reported by De Volkskrant.
According to the newspaper, the products of European farmers are imported into Russia through the territory of Lithuania and Belarus under the guise of African fruits. Certificates of African producers were bought through the corruption scheme, and the accompanying documentation indicated that these fruits were grown in Africa and delivered to Europe via Belgium and the Netherlands.
As a result of the use of this scheme, counter-sanctions did not affect about half of the volume of fruit trade, which brings farmers an annual income of 56 million euros.
According to the data of the Eastern European organization Globsec, sanction goods worth 2.4 billion euros were delivered through Belarus to the Russian Federation.