Putin extends embargo on Western food imports through 2018

 Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception in honour of Russian military academy graduates at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, on June 28, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception in honour of Russian military academy graduates at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, on June 28, 2017. PHOTO: EPA/SPUTNIK POOL

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday (June 30) extended Moscow's embargo on food products from the West until the end of 2018, continuing its policy of retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

A decree signed by Putin and posted in the official government database states that the embargo on produce, dairy, meat and most other foods will now stretch to Dec 31, 2018.