RUSSIA: Ban On Food Imports Extended Further

The Russian government has once again extended a ban on the import of food products from some Western countries, dating back to the Ukraine crisis.

The ban, first implemented in August 2014, has now been extended until the end of 2017.  It covers foods from the EU bloc as well the US and some of its allies.  The ban was implemented in response to sanctions by those countries against Russia.

Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitry Medvedev noted: “The level of food security has noticeably increased. Now, Russia is able to feed itself without foreign food imports.”

Meanwhile, Russia has resumed bilateral trade relations with Turkey, after President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Russia had imposed sanctions on Turkey in December, after the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet last year.  At the time, Russia was Turkey’s seventh-largest import partner.