19 March 2014, 17:10

Australia imposes sanctions against 12 Russians and Ukrainians, Russia to ban beef imports

Australia imposes sanctions against 12 Russians and Ukrainians, Russia to ban beef imports

Australia on Wednesday joined the United States and the EU in imposing financial sanctions and travel bans against 12 unnamed Russian and Ukrainian individuals. According to the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) head, Sergey Dankvert, Moscow can ban import of Australian beef to Russia.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on Wednesday Australia had imposed targeted financial sanctions and a ban for entrance to Australia for people from Russia and Ukraine who "are playing the key role in determining Russian policy that threatens sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."

The black list that includes 12 individuals would not be published, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs said. The names will be announced once the 2011 law on sanctions is amended. This was done to prevent the risk of capital withdrawal from Australia, said the Department's spokesperson.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State John Kerry that sanctions against Russia introduced by the USA and the EU were absolutely unacceptable and there would be consequences.

During the discussion of the Crimean referendum’s results Lavrov pointed to the principal evaluation mentioned in the Russian president’s address on March 18, namely that the people of the republic had made their choice democratically, in accordance with the international law and the UN Charter, the choice Russia recognizes and respects.

According to the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) head, Sergey Dankvert, Moscow can ban import of Australian beef to Russia. 

“Trenbolone was found in Australian beef again that testifies to the fact that the country does not control the program of fighting against this growth stimulator, which was declared to us,” the Agency’s interlocutor stressed.

The Russian veterinary inspection has discovered this hormonal growth stimulator prohibited in the Customs Union in meat, shipped to Russia in February, 2014, i.e. after Australia had pledged not to allow the presence of trenbolone in export products, Dankvert says. The Rosselkhoznadzor considers it to be a default on obligations, which entails serious consequences, the head of Department notes. "Minimal /consequences/ is closing of chilled meat, which we do not have time to check on trenbolone, and maximum – is introduction of full restrictions on import of beef from Australia,” Dankvert said.

Since January 27, 2014, the Rosselkhoznadzor has already banned import of Australian cattle by-products to Russia. Earlier, in 2013, the Rosselkhoznadzor found growth stimulator trenbolone prohibited in the countries of the Customs Union in Australian beef received from a number of suppliers. Australia imports to Russia about 5 percent of the total volume of the Russian import of beef and its by-product. In total, in 2013, the volume of beef supplies to Russia amounted to about 611 thousand tons, the main suppliers are countries of Latin America - Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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