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Russia has threatened to break up Ecuador’s banana business for handing over its weapons to the US

Russia is opening a new front in a country that few can imagine. The Kremlin continues to sow conflicts, either because of the invasion of Ukraine, which has cost its relations with almost all Western countries, or because of third-party relations with the United States.

This last episode has the Russian Federation and Ecuador as protagonists. The tension created between these two countries has its origins in a decision made by the South American country, which is now met with Moscow’s response.

The reason for this confrontation can be seen in the decision of the Ecuadorian government, led by Noboa, to send to the United States, in exchange for 200 million dollars, military material given to them by Russia. This decision is not good within the Russian government because this action of Ecuador is against the signed contract and maintains that Quito cannot sell the material to third parties without the consent of Russia.

In the words of the top Ecuadorian leader, it is said that the material is old and nothing more than “scrap.” These statements, along with the shipment, were not well received by Russia, which decided to act.

Considered a retaliation from Ecuador

Specifically, it was taken this weekend, when Moscow ordered the cancellation of banana imports from Ecuador, with the excuse that the cargo did not meet the phytosanitary and veterinary requirements demanded by Moscow and ensure that diseases had been detected in previous shipments.

This decision adopted by Russia is considered a retaliation to Ecuador, which has one of the main and most reliable clients of the Eurasian giant, where it exports a fifth of the total bananas it sells.

In addition, Ecuador is the first exporter of bananas in the world, with sales amounting to $3.5 billion, according to data from 2022. For his part, Carlos Estarellas, former vice minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, said he hopes “that this impasse can be resolved through diplomatic talks.

At the same time, Richard Salazar, director of ACORBANEC, one of the most powerful associations in terms of banana exports from the South American country, was “surprised” by the “drastic” decision of Russia and assured that “it’s a very important. market for us” and that “it’s very difficult to change.

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