The stalemate continues in Europe regarding the movement of fruit and vegetables to Russia. The EU is extending its sanctions against Russia by six months. In turn, Russia has extended its boycott to the start of 2017.
However, some European countries are softening. Pressure on fruit producers has translated into alliances between Belgium, the Netherlands and France which are pressing for access to the Russian market.
Between 2013 and 2015, Europe has lost $60 billion U.S. in trade to Russia.