* Russia banned some Polish food imports after new EU
* GDP growth to drop 0.6 pct points, he tells daily
(Adds comment on cabinet reshuffle)
WARSAW Aug 1 Fallout from tit-for-tat sanctions
between the European Union and Russia will shave 0.6 percentage
points off Poland's economic growth this year, Deputy Prime
Minister Janusz Piechocinski was quoted as saying on Friday.
Asked by the Rzeczpospolita newspaper what EU sanctions
imposed on Russia would cost the Polish economy, Piechocinski
replied: "0.6 percent of GDP by the end of the year."
On Wednesday, Russia announced a ban on most fruit and
vegetable imports from Poland, which it said it could extend to
the entire EU. Warsaw called the move retaliation by the Kremlin
for new sanctions imposed a day earlier by the West on Russia
over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
"Currently, our exports to Russia have fallen by 7 percent,
and by 26-29 percent to Ukraine," Piechocinski said. "The second
half of the year will see these declining trends reinforced."
Poland's central bank expects the economy, the largest in
central and eastern Europe, to expand by 3.6 percent in 2014.
Polish exports to Russia reached 8.1 billion euros ($10.8
bln) in 2013, including 316 million euros of the fruit and
vegetables affected by the Russian ban.
According to European Commission figures, the EU sold Russia
1.2 billion euros of fruit and 886 million euros of vegetables
in 2011, accounting for more than a fifth of its exports in
'NO SEPTEMBER RESHUFFLE'
Piechocinski also told Rzeczpospolita the cabinet would not
be reshuffled in September.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk had been expected to make changes
after the summer vacations in light of the release in June of
secret tapes in which central bank Governor Marek Belka and
Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz were recorded
discussing options for the removal of the finance minister.
Both Belka and Sienkiewicz remain in their posts.
"There will be no cabinet reshuffle in September,"
Piechocinski was quoted as saying. "Changes will take place
later because by the end of August we may not know who will be
chosen president of the European Council (in place of Herman Van
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(Reporting by Marcin Goettig,; Editing by John Stonestreet)