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.