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Russia announces 'full embargo' on most food from US, EU

Published on Aug 7, 2014 5:21 PM
 

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia is introducing a "full embargo" on most food imports from EU, US, and other Western countries that have imposed sanctions against Moscow over its policy on Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

"Russia is introducing a full embargo on imports of beef, pork, fruit and vegetable produce, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the European Union, United States, Australia, Canada and Norway," Medvedev told a government meeting in televised remarks.

The ban goes into effect immediately and will last one year unless "our partners demonstrate a constructive approach" with regards to sanctioning Russia, he said.

"Of course this is a serious decision for the suppliers of such foods from these countries."

A file picture taken on Aug 5, 2013 shows a woman looking at dairy products in a supermarket in central Moscow. Russia is introducing a "full embargo" on most food imports from EU, US, and other Western countries that have imposed sanctions against Moscow over its policy on Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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