Ted Fox feeds cattle on his farm on August 9, 2014 near Osage, Iowa. In retaliation for sanctions imposed on them, Russia announced a ban on food imports from the United States and other nations.Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP
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People from Britain who go to Cyprus in August are usually after sun, sea and sand but one Lincolnshire man, a trader in fruit and vegetables, is heading there this week for the potatoes.Since Russia barred imports of food from most of the rest of Europe, businesses are jostling for new buyers and sellers. In the case of Knightsbridge Foods, its Russian supermarket clients may get spuds this winter not from Lincolnshire but from the Mediterranean island, where the crop from breakaway Turkish-speaking Northern Cyprus can be shipped via Turkey and so, the trader believes, evade Moscow's ban on European Union produce. Belarus and Kazakhstan said they will continue to import the foods Russia has banned but Minsk said it will stop them from travelling onward to Russia.Theoretical hair-splitting about the geographical scope of the Russian ban should not apply, however, to the likes of Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia and some of its small, ex-Yugoslav neighbors that have not followed the EU in applying sanctions on Moscow and so are exempt from Russian retaliation.
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