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Putin extends EU food embargo

EU food import banEU food embargo: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning imports of Western food products until the end of 2017, according to a posting on the Kremlin’s website. The move comes after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed (more…)

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Medvedev extends Russian food embargo

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry MedvedevPrime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Russian food embargo to be extended until the end of 2017. “Our manufacturers have repeatedly argued for the preservation of the food embargo,” – he told the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. 
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Poland’s freight forwarders face temporary Russian border closure

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Poland’s freight forwarders are facing a possible closure of Russian border crossings if Warsaw refuses to follow new regulations imposed by Moscow Russia’s Transport Ministry announced on Friday. According to the Ministry, (more…)

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Russia to go ahead with Ukraine food embargo after tripartite talks fail

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry MedvedevUkraine food embargo: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday gave the go-ahead for an embargo on Ukrainian food and other trade sanctions to be imposed from the beginning of next month after efforts by Brussels to head off Russian retaliation against the forthcoming introduction of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Ukraine broke down. The collapse of Monday’s tripartite mediation talks coincided (more…)

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Russia slaps food embargo on Ukraine for FTA with EU

Butcher's shop RussiaThe Russian government has decided to impose a food embargo on Ukraine following Kiev’s decision to join in the sanctions against Russia by entering into a Free Trade (FTA) agreement with the EU, (more…)

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Russian food shortages loom, government body warns

EU food import banRussian food shortages: Russia could face a deficit of meat and dairy products next year as a direct result of its retaliatory embargo on food and raw materials imports from the EU, according to a report from the state-owned Audit Chamber, which is warning (more…)

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Fake Russian cheese floods shops in wake of EU import ban

Fake Russian cheeseFake Russian cheese: Almost four fifths of the cheese on sale in Russian shops is fake, the country’s health and safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor claimed last week, as local producers capitalise on increased demand by substituting palm oil for milk.
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Destruction of goods covered by food import ban resumes

Destroying banned food importsFood import ban: After a week’s break, Russia’s state-run health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has resumed its policy of destroying food imports which it claims originate in countries that President Putin proscribed early last month.
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Russia bans all Bulgarian food imports

Customs gate RussiaBulgarian food imports: Russia has banned the import of all agricultural produce from Bulgaria after authorities in Sofia acknowledged that a number of export and re-export agricultural certificates had been falsified as companies tried to pass off goods from other sanctioned Western countries as their own.
A wide range of food imports from Bulgaria were already subject to Russia’s food embargo, which Moscow introduced last year in response to Western sanctions imposed on the country over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

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Russia adds four new countries to EU food import ban list

Albanian dairy farmingEU food import ban: Russia has added Albania, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Iceland to the list of countries from which it has banned food imports, Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
The ban which is currently not due to expire until August next year at the earliest, previously covered the United States, Canada, Norway, Australia and the 28 member states of the European Union and includes meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
Medvedev also told a government meeting that Moscow would only ban certain food imports from Ukraine from 2016 if an economic association agreement between Kiev and the European Union came into force.
“We agreed to give [Ukraine] extra time — until Jan. 1 of next year — for decisions on questions over economic regulation,” Medvedev said. “After this period, if we cannot reach an agreement brokered by the European Union — and I see no signs of that — the earlier approved documents, which set … a food embargo for Ukraine, will come into force.”
Tellingly the expanded list does not include Georgia, which recently declined to support an extension of the Western sanctions against Moscow.

 
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Russian destruction of banned food imports continues

Embargoed food destruction RussiaThe Russian destruction of banned food imports continued yesterday, with the country’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor destroying 3 tonnes of meat and (more…)

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Russia begins destroying embargoed pork

PigsThe first batch of embargoed pork has been destroyed in the southern Russian city of Samara, three days before the presidential decree ordering the destruction of confiscated Western food came into force today. On Monday, 114 tons of pork that had been seized in April were destroyed, Rosselkhoznadzor spokeswoman Yulia Melano, told RIA Novosti. 
According to the documentation presented at the border, the pork had originated in Brazil; but with Brazilian officials unable to confirm the paperwork’s authenticity, the decision was taken to destroy it.
Yury Ladygin head of Siberia’s Federal Customs Service, yesterday told Interfax that confiscated Western food would be ground down by tractors and buried in the ground.
President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on the destruction of confiscated Western food on July 29, which comes into force today, claiming that there were an increasing number of instances where importers were claiming embargoed goods originated rom countries outside the ban. 

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Farmers plan EU demo as Russian food ban costs put at €5.5bn

Farmers demonstrating in Brussels in 2012

Farmers demonstrating in Brussels in 2012

With the cost of the Russian food ban being estimated at around €5.5bnEuropean farmers have announced that they are organising a demonstration in Brussels for September 7. While the demonstration (more…)

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Putin sanctions destruction of embargoed food imports

EU food import banDestruction of embargoed food imports: As from August 6, all agricultural products, food and raw materials reaching Russia’s borders that are discovered to be subject to its retaliatory import ban and are to be destroyed, under the terms of a decree signed off by President Putin earlier this week.
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Dutch exports to Russia down 40% after MH17 tragedy

MH17 Ukraine Plane CrashDutch exports to Russia were down nearly 40% in the first four months of 2015 as relations between the two countries continue to suffer following last July’s downing of the MF17 Malaysian flight over Ukraine which was carrying a large number of Dutch nationals.
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Russia extends EU food import ban for 12 months

 
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Medvedev calls for retaliatory extension of EU food import ban

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry MedvedevEU food import ban: The Kremlin today accused the European Union of adopting ‘Russophobic’ policies over its decision to extend sanctions until the end of January next year, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calling for the current ban on EU food imports also to be prolonged in retaliation. The extension until January 31 2016 means that the economic pressure on Moscow will continue through the deadline for the implementation of all parts of the cease-fire agreement over thrashed out in Minsk to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine.

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Russian economic crisis has cost Belarus $3bn, Lukashenko claims

President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko

President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko

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Belarus has lost nearly $3bn due to the Russian economic crisis that followed Moscow’s annexation of Crimea last year, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said today, in the latest indication that maintaining close political and economic ties with Russia was taking a toll on his nation. The losses were due, he said, to the collapse of Russian markets triggered by Western sanctions imposed on Moscow and (more…)

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Moscow considers relaxing ban on Greek, Hungarian and Cypriot food imports

EU food import banFood imports: Following a visit to 37 agribusinesses in Greece, Cyprus and Hungary by a team of health inspectors from Russia’s food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor over recent weeks, Moscow has indicated (more…)

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