Putin extends food embargo against Western countries

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree extending specific economic measures against countries that imposed sanctions against Russia until December 31, 2020, news agency TASS reports.

The document has already entered into force.

In March 2014, the EU, the US and a number of other countries started to slap sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea. As a countermeasure, the Kremlin imposed restrictions on imports of certain goods from the Western countries.

In July 2015, Putin signed a decree that enacted incinerating agricultural products that are prohibited from being imported into Russia.

Since August 2015, Russia has destroyed about thousands of tons of food from countries that were put under the Russian food embargo. Most of these products made it into Russia through Belarus.

Belarusian companies gained notoriety for purchasing food products ‘made in the EU’, ‘editing’ some inscription on their packages and then delivering them to Russia which took retaliation measures against the bloc for its sanctions list and support of Ukraine.

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