Rus­sian ban ex­tended.

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Rus­sia has ex­tended its ban on im­ports of cer­tain cat­e­gories of food and agri­cul­tural prod­ucts from the Euro­pean Union, the United States and Ukraine among oth­ers, a state­ment pub­lished yes­ter­day on the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment web­site said. “The ban on the im­port of cer­tain cat­e­gories of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, raw ma­te­ri­als and food from the US, EU mem­ber coun­tries, Canada, Aus­tralia, Nor­way, Ukraine, Al­ba­nia, Mon­tene­gro, Ice­land and Liecht­en­stein has been ex­tended from Jan­uary 1 un­til De­cem­ber 31, 2018,” the state­ment said. from the big­gest par­ties, but the Par­lia­ment has limited in­flu­ence on the is­sue. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and EU gov­ern­ments have so far ig­nored calls for a for­mal sus­pen­sion of a process al­ready ef­fec­tively in limbo. “We are not call­ing to stop all di­a­logue or co­op­er­a­tion, talk­ing about in­te­gra­tion is just not re­al­is­tic at this mo­ment,” Kati Piri, the Dutch law­maker who drafted the rec­om­men­da­tion that will be put to the vote, told re­porters be­fore the de­bate.

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