The 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…)
Ukraine 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…)wsj Read More»
Fake 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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Bulgarian 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.
EU 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.
The 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.
Dutch 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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EU food import ban: 48 hours after European Council ministers agreed to extend sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukrainian crisis by six months, Moscow has declared that its retaliatory ban on Western food imports is to remain in place for another full year. Experts say that despite the damage to business, the sanctions are unlikely to be lifted until next year, and possibly even until 2017.
EU 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.washingtonpost Read More»
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…)The Moscow Times Read More»