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Rabobank warns on Russian sanctions — report

August 21, 2014, 16:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Rabobank is the Dutch mutual bank

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MOSCOW, August 21./ITAR-TASS/. Rabobank has warned that the impact of Russian sanctions may hurt its business, as the Dutch mutual bank reported a drop in profits the first half of the year, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Rabobank forecast a recovery in the second half of this year as private consumption picks up faster than expected, but cautioned in a statement that Russian sanctions could have an adverse impact on its business customers.

“The consequences of the trade conflict with Russia that has recently flared up represent an uncertain factor,” the bank said, adding that sanctions could have a “limited” impact on its performance, in a further sign that the continuing stand-off over Ukraine is creating uncertainty for businesses across Europe.

Fears of a damaging trade war between Russia and the west have grown as Moscow banned imports of a wide range of EU and US agricultural and food products this month and threatened possible sanctions on aerospace, shipbuilding and auto sectors.

It has also banned a collection of other western food and drink products, through Rospotrebnadzor, its consumer protection agency, which on Wednesday temporarily shut down four McDonald’s restaurants, including the group’s flagship Moscow location.

“We are assuming that the current trade conflict will not continue to escalate and that the climate of trust will not be further eroded,” Rabobank’s statement said. “Should this happen, nonetheless, a weaker development of the economy in 2014 and 2015 cannot be excluded.

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