Interfax: Russia proves it can feed itself – Medvedev

Dmitri Medvedev file photo

ROSTOV-ON-DON. June 5 (Interfax) – Over the ten months after it introduced the embargo on food from the European Union, Russia has proved that it can feed itself on its own, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“The past ten months, from the moment the special economic measures were introduced, have shown or proved, if you will, the main thing: Russia is capable of feeding itself,” he told the first all-Russian food security forum.

“This is a fact, which today has to be reckoned with even by those who had ideas of their own in other countries, and all our skeptics who thought a country such as Russia would be importing huge amounts of food for a long time yet,” Medvedev said.

In addition, this fact will also be reckoned with by those who would like to cooperate with Russia but has been missing out on big opportunities on Russian market because of the sanctions, he said.