Ecuador doesnt need anybodys permission to export agricultural products to Russia, which now has a big gap that needs to be filled after it banned supplies from a number of western countries, said President Rafael Correa.
I want to immediately say that we dont need to get anybodys permission to sell products to friendly countries: as far as we know Latin America isnt a part of the European Union, as RIA cites Correas Tuesday comments to the Andes press agency.
His comments come a day after the Financial Times said the EU was going to persuade Latin American countries not to replace its agricultural exports to Russia.
Lets wait for the official complaint from [from the EU] and well give a response to that, Correa said.
At present, bananas, cut flowers, coffee, and tea are the key goods exported by Ecuador to Russia. Data from the countrys embassy in Moscow says that revenue from sale of bananas and roses are the second biggest outside of oil. In the first five months of 2014 Ecuador exported 580,000 tons of bananas and 9,300 tons of roses.