Russian sanctions put tons of Swedish cheese in peril

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Thousands of tons of Swedish cheese may go bad due to Russian sanctions. (iStock)
Thousands of tons of Swedish cheese may go bad due to Russian sanctions. (iStock)
Thousands of tons of Swedish cheese are sitting in warehouses after being banned from Russia.

Swedish cheesemakers have applied to the Swedish Board of Agriculture for EU support to keep the cheese from going bad.

It is impossible to sell it quickly enough because of Russia’s embargo on certain agricultural products.

The applications come from two Swedish companies and concern the storage or maturing of a combined 2,324 tons of cheese, reports Swedish Radio News.

If the applications are approved, the companies can receive up to two million kronor.

Russia’s embargo is a counter to the EU and US sanctions against the country, over Russian actions against Ukraine, including annexing Crimea and helping separatist fighters.

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