MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is planning to include exports from Ukraine into the “black list” of agricultural and food products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia, Kommersant daily wrote Thursday.
“The possible losses of Ukraine – up to $1.3 billion daily,” the newspaper said adding that Ukraine is Russia’s major exporter of agricultural products.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning for a year imports of agricultural and food products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia.
The complete imports “black list” is expected to announced on Thursday and will be “very substantial.”
The European Union, the United States, Canada and Japan have compiled sanctions lists against Russian companies, banks, politicians, freezing their bank accounts, banning them entry and refusing to buy Russian goods. The move has been linked to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Since March, the European Union has imposed a total of nine rounds of sanctions, with two of them against the former Ukrainian leadership and seven against Russia. Washington has adopted a total of six rounds of anti-Russian sanctions.
Moscow has repeatedly called the measures counterproductive and stressed that Russia was never involved in the Ukrainian conflict.