Putin ex­tends ban on U.S., EU foods

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has signed a de­cree to ex­tend a ban on Western food im­ports for an­other 18 months after the Euro­pean Union ex­tended eco­nomic sanc­tions against Rus­sia.

Putin’s of­fice pub­lished a de­cree on Fri­day that keeps the food ban in place un­til Dec. 31, 2018. Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev on Thurs­day pro­posed keep­ing the ban, say­ing that it will help to cre­ative in­cen­tives for Rus­sian farm­ers.

Moscow has warned it would lift the ban in­tro­duced in 2015 only if the United States and the EU roll back the sanc­tions they im­posed fol­low­ing Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and sup­port for sep­a­ratist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The EU an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that it would ex­tend the sanc­tions by six months over Rus­sia’s fail­ure to honor a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

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