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Arla cuts 79 jobs due to Russian import ban

The dairy company said "it can definitely be felt when a market like Russia is suddenly shut completely down".

Arla cuts 79 jobs due to Russian import ban
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As warned last week, the Russian import ban on Danish food and agricultural products has led to job losses at the dairy company Arla.
 
The company announced on Tuesday that it was forced to let go of 79 employees as a result of the Russian ban
 
Arla stopped all production of butter and cheese for the Russian market on Thursday, and redirected milk that normally heads to Russia to other markets. 
 
 
The company has ten dairies in Denmark that produce goods for Russia. 
 
“This is in all ways an unfortunate situation for Arla, our co-op members and for those colleagues that are now being directly affected by the Russian import ban,” Arla’s senior vice president, Lars Dalsgaard, said in a press release. 
 
“Production for the Russian market has been experiencing strong growth over the past years so it can definitely be felt when a market like Russia is suddenly shut completely down,” he added. 
 
Arla said that 30 of the 79 affected positions were staffed by temporary employees. 
 
Prior to the announced Russian ban, Arla expected to earn 1.2 billion kroner ($215 million) from the Russian market in 2014. 

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Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes

Denmark's government on Friday decried two Russian aircraft violating Danish airspace and summoned   Moscow's ambassador over the incident.

Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes
Russian MiG fighter jets. NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP

The defence ministry in one NATO’s founding members said fighter jets had been scrambled to counter the incursion on Friday,  Ritzau news agency reported.

“Completely unacceptable that Russian planes violate Danish airspace, even twice in one day,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a post to Twitter.

Kofod added that the repeat violation made it look like a “deliberate action”.

“We are still examining the details, but I have already taken the initiative to summon the Russian ambassador for a talk at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs,” the foreign minister said.

The violations had occurred over the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, south of Sweden.

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two in the same day must be deemed to be serious,” Defence Minister Trine Bramsen told Ritzau.

According to the agency, Russia has repeatedly flown over Danish airspace and in August 2020, a Russian B52 bomber also flew over Bornholm.

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