SIMFEROPOL, May 26 (RAPSI) – Crimea’s Agriculture Ministry has increased the list of food export limits to include milk and meat, RIA Novosti learned at the ministry. Previously, the list included wheat, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, buckwheat, eggs and ethanol. The ban was approved to prevent black marketeering and ensure food security.
“Private individuals can export no more than two egg trays and 25 kilograms of wheat and flour per person,” a ministry official said. “Starting on May 26, individuals can export no more than 3 kilograms of meat and meat products, sausages, milk and dairy products.”
The list does not include fish and fish products.
Crimea, a largely Russian-speaking republic, was part of Russia until Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954. President Vladimir Putin said in an address to federal and regional officials in March 2014 that the decision was made in clear violation of the constitutional standards of the time.
Crimea moved for independence from Ukraine after having refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government that came to power following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich in February.
On March 17, Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state. The same day, Putin and the leaders of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol signed a treaty on the unification of Crimea with Russia.