Russian authorities are working hard to fill the gap left from the recent EU food ban. Local sources say Russian authorities are contacting and concluding contracts with suppliers in Belorussia, the Middle East, Egypt and South America to replace banned European products. Some sources say there is no way the Russians will be able to get all products back to the quantities that were available on shelves prior to the ban.

One Russian source said: “If 70 to 75% of the cheese volume required could be sourced, then that is as much as can be expected.”