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Russia Bans Food Imports from Canada, Other Western Countries

Posted August 07, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Canadian Press)

Russia is responding to fresh sanctions from Canada, the U.S. and other countries with a ban on food imports for a year.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the ban covers meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from Canada, the U.S., the European Union, Australia and Norway. The move announced Thursday was taken on orders from President Vladimir Putin in response to sanctions imposed over the crisis in Ukraine.

Canada on Wednesday slapped new sanctions and travel bans on several top Russian and Ukrainian politicians and groups with ties to Putin’s government. Canada’s latest sanctions, imposed in co-ordination with the U.S. and the EU, came amid reports Russia is massing thousands of troops along the Ukrainian border. Putin then ordered authorities to draft a list of agricultural products from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia. Read more here.