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    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is planning to extend the Western food imports ban until the end of 2017.

    GORKY (Russia) (Sputnik) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government on Friday to prepare proposals on extending the ban on Western food imports until the end of 2017.

    "I have ordered to prepare proposals on extending response measures until the end of 2017, rather than for another year," Medvedev said.

    A formal request to this effect will be handed over to President Vladimir Putin along with government resolutions, he added.

    A one-year ban on US, EU and other food imports came into being in August 2014 after these countries imposed economic sanctions on Russia over a crisis in Ukraine. The food embargo has since been extended.


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