Vladimir Putin began to take in Sochi the leaders of the countries of South-East Asia arriving at the forum Russia-ASEAN. First his house, he was visited by the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and devoted his address to the GDP is palm oil.
Indonesian leader decided to combine participation in the summit with official visit. At the airport Widodo bread and salt met Kuban Cossacks, and in the residence “Bocharov stream” it waited a luxuriously laid dinner.
But the President of Indonesia, the delicacies and pickles were not too interested. (As noted by the correspondent of “MK”, black caviar, served, as it should be, on the ice, has remained virtually untouched). At the meeting with Putin, he actively promoted … palm oil.
All official visits are for the same scenario. And even the food is coming to Putin the leaders of the same dishes. So this time in anticipation of a Widodo waiters to Shine polished gilded bowls, made in the form of Imperial powers – the Empire of Russia long gone, but Imperial ambitions remained. And this is in that allegorical, but quite a simple form required to tell every guest…
As for Mr. Widodo, he did not resort to allegories and already at the Protocol meeting with Vladimir Putin said why he was coming – to promote palm oil. He, apparently, already knew what controversy broke out in Russia around this exotic product and any threats to its future.
– Your Excellency, – Putin appealed to the Indonesian President, have You heard about the plans to increase the import tax of palm oil. Palm oil is the largest export from Indonesia to Russia: it reached 480 million dollars. But in a new environment to put it would be unprofitable. I hope that Your Excellency’s policy will help to ensure that palm oil exports in the near future will increase… We need to find new ways to keep us growing…
It was a real cry from the heart.
It is noteworthy that in proof of cooperation between Russia and Indonesia, obtained by Russian journalists, the palm oil was not mentioned at all, hiding under the innocent definition of “food and agricultural raw materials”. However, the volume of mutual trade in any way funny – only 1.96 billion dollars by the end of 2015.
Since last autumn, around palm oil and its use in food simmer serious passions, and Putin had already twice to participate in public discussions.
In April during the “Straight line” a farmer from Voronezh Alexander Knyazev demanded or ban the use of tropical fats in the manufacture of dairy products, or to write on the label that they “kill”.
After a few weeks, the question now in connection with the production of cheese – surfaced on the forum of activists of the “popular front” in Yoshkar-Ola. And, although the President seems to not quite believe in the threat properties of palm oil (“Not everyone thinks it’s so unhealthy, although some sell, of course, is,” answered the farmer of GDP), mass hysteria did not remain without attention.
Recently, Putin instructed the government to study the question of obligatory marking of products of the type “Palm cheese” or “Palm cheese” and the introduction of excise duty on the import of tropical fats from abroad. GDP could not even persuade the Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who reminded that the acid present in palm oil, are present even in breast milk.
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