WARSAW, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Russia will temporarily suspend the import of most of Polish fruits and vegetables since the beginning of August, local media reported on Wednesday.
The suspension will also include Polish production that enters the territory of Russia from any third country.
According to local media, the suspension includes, among others, fresh apples, pears, cherries, plums, cabbage, cauliflower, basically all of the Polish fruits and vegetables exported to Russia.
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has informed that the suspension is a result of the "systematic violations of Russian and international phytosanitary requirements by the Polish products entering Russia".
However, many see the suspension as Russia's response to the upcoming introduction of economic sanctions by the European Union.
Experts say that Polish apple market is to suffer most, as Poland exports about 1 to 1.2 million tones of this fruit to Russia. The whole value of export to Russia accounts to 5 percent of Polish foreign sales.
Polish ministry of agriculture has not given an official statement on the issue yet.