-- Vladimir Putin’s ban on most food imports from the U.S., the European Union, Norway, Australia and Canada could hurt Russia just as much as the West.
And Russian stomachs may be the ones that are the most upset.
Just think of all the goods Russians have to miss out on thanks to the sanctions, which include dairy, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev insisted the ban will help Russian farmers who have struggled to compete with Western products, and that the country will turn to Latin America to replace the imports. But some foods are best left to the experts, and we bet Putin will miss these:
When it comes to cheese, the French do it best. And Russia’s ban means no more creamy Brie, soft Camembert or tangy Roquefort from the south of France.
Russians can also say goodbye to Vermont and Wisconsin cheese.
If you ask us, that’s Russia’s loss.
The ban is already hurting Norwegian salmon farmers. Shares for major, Oslo-based exporters like Marine Harvest ASA and SalMar dropped following Russia’s announcement on Wednesday, and Russia is a major importer of Norwegian seafood.
It’s not the first time Putin has blocked Russians from eating Greek yogurt. Russian officials banned a shipment of Chobani, which is made in the U.S., during the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.
Now Russians won’t even be able to get the yogurt from Greece, where the popular brand Fage is produced since products from the European Union are also affected by the sanctions.
A real prosciutto panini -- at least the way the Italians do it -- might be hard to come by in Russia after Putin’s ban is implemented.
The sanctions include all meat from the European Union, so Italy won’t be able to export the ham.
Speaking of meat, Russians’ also won’t be enjoying any more Canadian bacon.
That’s a bummer for Russians, but it’s also going to hurt Canada’s pork industry.
Canada Pork International, which promotes the country’s pork exports, said Russia is its third-largest market for pork, and accounted for nearly $500 million in sales in 2012, according to The Globe and Mail.