Putin ex­tends ban:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has ex­tended a ban on Western food im­ports for an­other 18 months af­ter the Euro­pean Union’s de­ci­sion to pro­long its broader, puni­tive sanc­tions over Rus­sia’s ac­tions in Ukraine.

Putin’s Thurs­day de­cree keeps the food ban in place un­til Dec 31, 2019. It fol­lows the EU’s move to ex­tend its re­stric­tions un­til year’s end.

The US and the EU in­tro­duced sev­eral rounds of sanc­tions to pun­ish Rus­sia for the an­nex­a­tion of Ukraine’s Crimea and sup­port for sep­a­ratist rebels in eastern Ukraine. (AP)

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