Crimean government acknowledges that it is impossible to supply Crimea with food and consumer products from Russia. This was stated by Nickolay Kochanov, acting head of the Russian Federal Tax Service, Crimea division.
“You know that the Kerch ferry situation is complicated, so we are unable to fully supply ourselves with food products and other necessary goods. That’s why talks were held with seven large retail networks. These were Komfi, Foxtrot, Furchet, Fozzi, ATB, Silpo, and Fresh. They are registered in Crimea [despite originating in Ukraine], have Crimean legal status, and all their taxes are paid in the Republic of Crimea,”- Kochanov said, according to TSN.
The delivery situation is expected to become even more complicated this autumn since the Kerch ferry is already working at full capacity and, when the autumn and winter storms arrive, it will occasionally have to be shut down.
Problems with supplying the peninsula are not likely to be solved until 2018, when the bridge across the Kerch Strait is completed. Remember, the EU Council approved and put into effect new restrictions [sanctions] on trade and investment in Crimea and Sevastopol.