Germans Shocked by Russian Cucumbers in Poland

Germans Shocked by Russian Cucumbers in Poland

Berliner Zeitung: Russian cucumbers and tomatoes are regularly supplied to Poland

Russian vegetables are quietly sold in Poland despite the West’s massive sanctions against Moscow, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reports.

“The EU has imposed numerous sanctions against Russia because of its special operation in Ukraine. But now there are cheap Russian vegetables on Polish markets. What does this mean?” – the publication asks the question.

Given that many European countries have curtailed trade ties with Russia, “it is surprising that it is possible to buy them” in Poland, the article said. For instance, dozens of lorries constantly arrive at the Polish wholesale market in Bronisza bringing vegetables from Russia into the country.

Russian cucumbers are sold here cheaper than similar goods from the EU, which have recently become increasingly expensive, noted Berliner Zeitung. One of the sellers told the Polish media that the Russian suppliers of cucumbers have “all the necessary documents, tests, and certificates”.

Meanwhile, food prices in Germany have risen sharply recently, for several reasons. “On the one hand, farmers are still struggling with soaring energy prices. The Institute for Economic Research also recently reported supply shortages and price wars between producers and distributors. Ultimately, it is the consumers who pay the markup,” the publication concludes.

The West has increased sanctions pressure on Russia due to the Russian military operation in Ukraine, and many European companies have withdrawn from the Russian market. President Vladimir Putin earlier said that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people.

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