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Russia Extends Food Embargo to Five European Countries

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Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine have been added to the Russian food embargo import list, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has added five more countries that will be banned from exporting foodstuffs to Russia in response to Western sanctions, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

“A whole range of countries have been added beyond the countries from the European Union, Australia, Canada, Norway, and the United States, which were banned from exporting some types of foodstuffs to Russia. Those countries are Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, as well as Ukraine under certain circumstances,” Medvedev said during a government meeting.

Medvedev explained that food export bans into Russia would go into effect if Kiev authorities engage the economical part of the EU Association Agreement signed in June 2014.

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“In regard to Ukraine, the ban on exporting agricultural goods [into Russia] will go into effect only if the country’s government implements the economic part of the Association Agreement with the European Union, which Kiev signed in June of last year. We have decided to give until January 1 of next year to solve the economic situation, and after that date, if we cannot agree under the European Union’s mediation, and I don’t see any signs of that, these documents accepted earlier will go into effect and will set a normal trade regime and embargoes on foodstuffs for Ukraine. That’s our decision,” Medvedev said.

Moscow first introduced a ban on certain food imports in August 2014 in response to economic sanctions imposed by the Unites States, the European Union and their allies over Moscow's alleged participation in Ukraine crisis.

In late June, the European Union extended the sanctions imposed against Russia. Moscow, in turn, prolonged the food embargo.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in Ukraine's internal conflict and stated the language of sanctions was counterproductive and would have a negative effect on those who imposed them.

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