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Russia Decides To Extend Ban On Imports Of Dairy Products From EU, US, Other Countries Until August 5, 2016

Russia has decided to extend its current ban on imports of dairy and other agricultural products from the European Union (EU), US, Australia, Canada and Norway until August 5, 2016, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Thursday.

On Monday, the European Council had extended EU economic sanctions, which were introduced in response to Russia’s destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine, until January 31, 2016.

Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order extending Russia’s import ban on agricultural imports from several countries and regions,. That ban had originally been put in place in August of 2014, and was to have lasted for one year.

Medvedev then issued a government resolution approving the list of goods subject to the one-year extension of the import ban until August 5, 2016, and that list remains the same as the one issued last August year, except for certain items related to biomaterials.

Russia made these decisions last year and is extending them in response to recent decisions by the EU and others, noted Medvedev, who added that Russia “didn’t start this sanctions standoff, and mutual efforts are needed to put an end to it.”

But Russia’s actions are “based primarily on economic rather than political considerations,” Medvedev stated.

“Our farmers asked us to keep the embargo on these types of products in place as long as possible.
When we were forced to respond by imposing restrictive measures almost
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