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Russia to ban food imports from EU, U.S.

English.news.cn   2014-08-07 16:56:29
 • Medvedev said Thursday that Russia is imposing a ban on food imports from EU and the United States.
 • The new sanctions will not affect commodities that Russian citizens purchase abroad for personal use.
 • Medvedev said that Russia has long restrained from responding to the sanctions imposed by the West.

 

MOSCOW, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday that Russia is imposing a ban on food imports from the European Union (EU) and the United States in retaliation for their sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

The Russian government imposed a one-year ban on imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the EU, the United States and Norway, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted Medvedev as saying.

"The restrictions come into force from today for one year, but if our partners display a constructive approach toward cooperation then the Russian government will be ready to revise the terms of the imposed measures," Medvedev said.

However, the new sanctions will not affect commodities that Russian citizens purchase abroad for personal use.

"All these measures will not affect baby food and commodities that people buy in these countries (affected by sanctions) for personal use," according to Medvedev.

He said that Russia has long restrained from responding to the sanctions imposed by the West.

"Until the very last moment, we still hope that our foreign partners would realize that sanction is the path with the dead-end and nobody needs them. But it turned out that we had to take retaliatory measures," Medvedev said.

"I sincerely hope that our partners will change and stop thinking of intimidating and containing Russia, and that our mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation will be restored in full," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday a decree banning or limiting the imports of agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow.

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