MADRID – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday said the country will ban a wide range of food imports from the European Union, the U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway for a year, media reports said. The bans are in response to sanctions from those countries against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the ban on Wednesday and Medvedev said he has signed government decree in the wake of that. "Russia imposes a total ban on deliveries of beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products," he said at the weekly government session, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Medvedev said the government is also considering bans on EU and U.S. companies, much like the ban on Ukrainian airlines from crossing Russian territory. Russian stocks fell on Thursday, with the blue-chip MICEX index down 1.4%.
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