Danish homeless to get Russian gourmet cheese

With Danish dairy giant Arla unable to unload cheese produced for the Russian market, it will instead give it away to a Danish charity.

Danish homeless to get Russian gourmet cheese
Russia's loss is a Danish charity's gain. Photo: Chris Buecheler/Flickr
Dairy producer Arla said on Thursday it would donate 15 tonnes of cheese to homeless people in Denmark after it was hit by the Russian embargo on EU products.
Arla, a cooperative owned by farmers in seven European countries, said it couldn't sell the products in other markets either because it was unable to repackage them, or because they contained spices and flavourings geared at the Russian palate.
Cheese flavours such as blueberry, olives and rocket salad normally weren't sold in Denmark, it said.
"Arla has managed to use nearly all of the affected products in other markets, but a small part of the products for various reasons cannot be repackaged and sold," the group said in a statement.
The 15 tonnes of cheese is being given to the Food Bank, a Danish charity that collects food from supermarkets and wholesalers and gives it to the poor.
"For us it's a very large donation that can benefit several thousand people," the head of the Food Bank, Karen-Inger Thorsen, said in a statement.
The Russian ban covers imports of meats, fruits and vegetables, fish and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Norway and the United States. It was announced in August in retaliation for US and European sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and alleged role in the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

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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.