MOSCOW, August 20 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian government published an amended list of embargoed goods Wednesday, which now includes live fish.
The decree also removes lactose-free dairy products from the list of goods banned for import from countries that sanctioned Russia.
Norway is Russia's largest provider of fish, according to the Federal Customs Service. Russia imports up to 60 percent of the fish consumed in the country, especially in large cities.
On August 7, Russia imposed a one-year ban on agricultural and food product imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis, namely Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Norway. The initial list included meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. The embargo does not include baby food or other baby products.
Moscow said it is ready to review the terms of its import restrictions if its Western partners show a commitment to dialogue.
The United States and European Union have been imposing sanctions on Russian officials and companies since Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March, accusing Moscow of meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs.