EU foreign ministers said on Monday that they will keep economic sanctions against Russia in place. The Russian government, they said, had not yet taken sufficient steps to implement the Minsk Protocol, a peace deal between Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine.
In August, Russia proved that two can play that game when they imposed their own set of sanctions, blocking agricultural imports from the EU, the US and several other countries. But what did the Russian people stand to lose from the ban? Using EU export data, we calculated the annual number of beef stroganoff servings denied to them under the sanctions.