21 Oct 2019 10:53

Russian, Serbian farmers want countersanctions against Western goods maintained - PM

BELGRADE. Oct 21 (Interfax) - Russian and Serbian farmers are asking the Russian government to keep the countersanctions against agricultural products from Western countries in place for as long as possible, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"Sanctions and our retaliatory so-called countersanctions, this is not very good and, of course, this will all end sooner or later," Medvedev said on Saturday in the National Assembly of Serbia.

He said that "if we're talking about our farmers, meaning both Russian and Serbia, this is good for them and they are asking us to maintain this regime for as long as possible."

"This will make it possible to increase cooperation. Let our partners from other European countries think about this," Medvedev said.

He recalled that Serbia did not join other countries in imposing sanctions against Russia, and Russia did not impose countersanctions against Serbia, so Serbian products have to a great extent replaced goods from other European countries on the Russian market.