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Russia promises 'quite substantial' US, EU food import bans

Published on Aug 7, 2014 2:57 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairing a session of the State Council Presidium in Voronezh on August 5, 2014. Putin has ordered his government to come up with a list of goods to be banned for imports into Russia and to last one year, the Kremlin said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia will impose "quite substantial" bans on the US and EU food imports and has already decided to suspend US poultry imports as part of President Vladimir Putin's order to prepare a list of food import bans, its veterinary service said.

Putin signed a decree on Wednesday banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia because of its support of rebels in Ukraine.

Putin ordered his government to come up with a list of goods to be banned for imports into Russia and to last one year, the Kremlin said.

Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) will ban the US poultry imports, VPSS spokesman Alexei Alekseenko told Reuters on Wednesday evening.

 
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