18:49 GMT08 August 2020
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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin has signed a decree authorizing the extension of counter-sanctions against the West for another year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree authorizing the extension of counter-sanctions against the West for another year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    "The presidential decree authorizing the extension of counter-measures has been signed. It has a list of goods under embargo [including food products] as an attachment, which has been formalized by the government and will be made public soon," Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

    Peskov stressed that the extension of counter-sanctions for a year had been determined by Russia's economic interests.

    The extension will come into force on August 6, the spokesman added.

    In 2014, Russia introduced a one-year import ban on selected food products from the European Union, the United States and their allies, that earlier imposed sectoral economic sanctions on Russia, accusing it of interfering in Ukrainian crisis.

    The list of banned products included meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.

    On Tuesday, Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev said the list of embargoed goods would not be significantly expanded.


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