Internet users have immediately responded to the Kremlin’s decision to ban exports of Polish fruit and vegetables to Russia.
Online action ‘Eat apples, drink cider in spite of Putin’ hashtagged #jedzjabłka gained popularity on the Internet: a lot of politicians, journalists and public figures called their nationals to support Polish farmers. As part of the action, people not only take pictures of themselves eating apples but also share recipes.
Moscow is by far the biggest importer of EU fruit and vegetables, buying more than 2 billion euros’ worth a year. Polish apple growers, who sell more than half their exports to Russia, turned out to be the first European economic victims of the trade war. The Kremlin is going to restrict imports of Polish pears, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines, quince and all sorts of cabbage. Many Poles believe that the Russian authorities just retaliate against Warsaw’s backing Ukraine, wiadomosci.gazeta.pl reports.
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