Russia prolongs food sanctions against West over Ukraine dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to prolong food sanctions against certain Western countries until the end of next year.

The prolongation comes one day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that the European Union would extend its sanctions against Russia.

In August 2014, Russia banned imports of certain meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and other foods from Western countries that imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

The sanctions war began after Russia occupied and annexed a part of neighbouring Ukraine earlier that year in response to Ukraine ousting its pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West.

Russia also continues to support the cause of pro-Russian separatists fighting against the Ukrainian military in that country's two eastern-most regions.

Western powers have insisted that for the sanctions against Russia to be removed, a currently often violated ceasefire in eastern Ukraine must be completely complied with.

Last update: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 18:14

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