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 with the extension of Western economic sanctions against Russia because of its military involvement in eastern Ukraine.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom“We were quite close—had there been a will, we would have come to an agreement,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said after the meeting. “But there wasn’t enough flexibility from the Russian side to do that.” Over the past 18 months, Ms. Malmström has held 15 trilateral talks with Ukrainian and Russian ministers aimed at convincing Moscow that the EU-Ukraine free-trade deal wouldn’t harm Russia’s economic interests.

 
Source: wsj