MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting on Thursday.
The decision follows a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin ordering the government to ban or limit food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow for its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
“There is nothing good in sanctions and it wasn’t an easy decision to take, but we had to do it,” Medvedev said.
The ban is valid from Aug. 7 and will last for one year, he said.
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that the government has fully banned imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway.
The move announced by Medvedev Thursday was taken on orders from President Vladimir Putin in response to sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over the crisis in Ukraine. The ban has been introduced for one year.
Medvedev said that Russia is also considering banning Western carriers from flying over Russia on flights to and from Asia — a move that would significantly swell costs and increase flight time. He said the decision on that hasn’t been made yet.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt, Katya Golubkova, Maria Kiselyova and Alexei Anishchuk; editing by Jason Neely)
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