Russia to extend embargo on food imports until late 2017

  • 2016-05-27
  • BNS/Interfax/TBT Staff/GORKI

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given orders for the Russian embargo on food imports from the EU member states and other countries to be extended not by one year, but until the end of 2017.

"Our producers have said on several occasions that they want the food embargo on agrarian goods and farm produce from those countries that imposed or joined sanctions against Russia to remain in place. I want to say that I have given instructions to draft proposals on extending the response measures not by one year, but until the end of 2017," he said at a meeting with members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE).

Medvedev said an appeal to Russia President Vladimir Putin and the necessary government resolution would be drafted.

"Therefore, those engaged in the agricultural business, the agro-industry, will receive a longer, more distant horizon for planning their investment, which they have repeatedly requested. Both the major agricultural companies and the relatively smaller ones will receive the ability to tally up how and what will be produced over a longer-term outlook," he said.

On Aug. 7, 2014, the Russian government put a one-year embargo on imports of most food products from the EU, the US, Australia, Canada, and Norway in response to the sanctions these countries have imposed against Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. In 2015 the embargo was extended until Aug. 5, 2016.