Russia to extend counter-sanctions against Western countries
MOSCOW, June 23 (RAPSI) – Russia considers extending a ban on Western food imports after the European Union made a decision to extend sanctions against Moscow for six months, Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The new list will be submitted to President Putin.
On Monday, the EU foreign ministers approved amendments to the EU decision on sectoral restrictions, thereby extending economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he instructed the government to submit a proposal to extend Russia’s counter-sanctions to President Putin.
“The list of counter-sanctions will most likely include fish preservesand cheese products made with vegetable fat. We’re also considering several other proposals,” Izvestia writes, citing a government source.
The Agriculture Ministry is involved in the suggestions.
Last spring, the EU, the United States and Canada slapped the first sanctions on Russian companies, banks and politicians, freezing their bank accounts, denying them entry and refusing to buy Russian products. The move was linked to the conflict in Ukraine.
In response, in August 2014 Russia introduced a year-long ban on agricultural imports from the EU, the US, Canada and several other countries that imposed sanctions on Russia.