Russia extends food embargo against Westerners

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Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the embargo on Western food products on Saturday until the end of 2021, introduced in 2014 in retaliation for the sanctions decreed by the Americans and Europeans against Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian crisis.

The decree, signed on Saturday by Mr. Putin, extends the ban on importing food products mainly from the European Union into Russia until December 31, 2021.

These measures, taken in August 2014, apply to most food products coming from countries which sanction Russia for the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, in March of the same year, and its support to the separatists of the. Eastern Ukraine.

This embargo has since been extended five times, responding to the extension of European economic sanctions.

At the end of June, the European Union decided to extend its economic sanctions against Russia for six months because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The EU does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, which it describes as a “violation of international law”.

Western sanctions affecting all sectors of the Russian economy, together with the collapse in oil prices, had plunged Russia into its longest recession since the arrival in the Kremlin of Vladimir Putin in 2000, including the country is gradually recovering.

The Russian authorities say, however, that the embargo promotes the development of the national agricultural sector to which they pay large subsidies.

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