Food fight as Russia extends ban on EU, US edibles

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Food fight as Russia extends ban on EU, US edibles

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has put pen to paper on a decree to extend countermeasures on the EU, US and others in retaliation to sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine.

The ban on food imports will remain on the books for a year, but could change if relations with the West improve or deteriorate over the coming months.

“The list is not definitive it could change depending on a number of factors, on our relations with our European partners. Russia did not start this sanctions confrontation. Joint efforts are needed to stop it, “ said Medvedev.

The banned products include fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat, fish and dairy products.

Russia says it will counter any fresh sanctions against Moscow in a “symmetrical way.”

Russian officials say products such as chocolates, tinned fish and flowers could be added to the list if necessary.

President Vladimir Putin believes the import ban will boost Russian agriculture.

However, the price of these banned products have virtually doubled under sanctions with ordinary Russians facing empty shops and a 16.4 percent inflation rate.