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One-year Ban On Imports Of Foodstuff May Be Revised
August 19, 2014 15:26


The Russian government has published the list of foodstuff prohibited to be imported into Russia. It includes products from the United States, European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway. The corresponding document was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The document stipulates ban on imports for a period of one year. The Federal Customs Service was charged with ensuring its implementation.

Thus, among products prohibited from being imported are beef; pork; poultry; salt-cured, dried or smoked meat; fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Restrictions also affect milk and dairy products; cheese and cottage cheese based on vegetable fat; sausages and similar meat products; vegetables, root crops, fruits and nuts.

"Our farmers have got additional opportunities for development," Mr. Medvedev declared at the governmental meeting in connection with the publication of the document. The decree, banning imports of "certain kinds of agricultural products, raw materials and food" from the countries which joined the sanctions against Russia, which Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on August 6, has already entered into force.

However, in accordance with the document, one-year ban on imports may be revised on the proposal of the government if the situation with the sanctions changes. Foreign foodstuff fallen under the ban will be replaced by domestic products,  the Secretary of the Public Chamber, co-chairman of the Popular Front's central headquarters Alexander Brechalov informed RBC the previous day. The country has enough capacity to increase production, he assures. A government source said the supplies can be increased by countries which denied joining the sanctions and which were at the disadvantage competing with Europeans and Americans.

Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov announced at the press briefing on Thursday that the list "may be subject to certain changes." "But, in my view and in the vision of country's governing bodies it does not have perspective to expand," he said. Asked about a possible shortage, Mr. Fyodorov said that today "with knowledge of the case, it is not possible to say that we expect food shortage." "Maybe something will arise in the future ...But so far we do not expect the deficit," the head of the Ministry of Agriculture said. At the same time he added that  there is a possibility to import any food for personal purposes: "Everything remains the same within the customs legislation." Mr. Fyodorov also explained that sanctions do not affect Switzerland. He clarified that since this country is not the EU-member it is not subject to sanctions. Last night Rosselkhoznadzor announced that as early as Thursday it will discuss with the diplomatic missions of several Latin American countries the prospects for expanding food supplies to Russia. 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: sanctions Russia International    

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