14-08-2014 02:23 AM | Russian Federation

Russia's food ban leaves Europeans with sour taste

Russia's beef with the west has escalated after the country banned fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from a host of Western nations including the U.S., Australia, Canada and those of the European Union.

And by hitting agriculture in particular, Russia has deliberately gone for a sector key to the EU's founding treaties -- one which evokes all sorts of emotive and divisive rhetoric.

As we have seen from the decades-long, fraught battles over reforming the bloc's most expensive scheme -- one which gobbles up some 40% of its budget -- food production has the capacity to get Europe's citizens pretty upset.
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