Thursday. 30.11.2023

Two of the largest supermarket chains in the Baltic republics said on Friday they would stop stocking Russian produce indefinitely, in a show of solidarity with Ukraine, as that country endures a Russian invasion.

The chains Rimi and Maxima, both of which have outlets in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are market leaders, said they will no longer be taking stock from suppliers of Russian products.

While the amount of Russian produce previously on sale was relatively small in any case, the decision should be seen as "a symbolic act with a clear message," according to the Rimi statement.

Other retailers are taking similar action, according to press reports. And German discounter Lidl said it imports no products from Russia.

Belarus produce is coming in for similar treatment, the reports said.

Supermarkets in Baltics protest by discontinuing Russian produce