BRUSSELS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development said on Friday the EU has new and modernized tools to stand by its member states to tackle the ban imposed by Russia on EU food and agricultural exports.
"I understand the concern expressed in the EU farming sector. I want to underline that the Common Agricultural Policy has new and modernised tools to stand by them, as soon as it is needed, including our crisis reserve, which is already available now," Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said in a statement.
He also expressed confidence that EU's resilient farm sector will reorient rapidly towards new markets and opportunities. "But there must be support to help this transition happen smoothly. This requires a joined up, European response," he added.
Russia announced Thursday it will ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway. The measures were taken in retaliation for the western sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.