Russia also extends food import boycott over Crimea annexation

Russia has again extended the import blockade on American and European meat, fish, dairy, vegetables and fruit for another year. President Putin has imposed those sanctions in retaliation for the boycott that Western countries have imposed on Russian exports after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea.

President Vladimir Putin has extended the food embargo until 2022. Western countries are also extending their sanctions every year. These measures due to the takeover of Crimea and Russian interference in eastern Ukraine are independent of the Dutch-Australian sanctions against Russia for the downing of MH17.

The extension of the Russian boycott follows a presidential decree published in the official online legal information database. The document will take effect immediately, reports

The embargo imposed in 2014 initially only applied to products from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Norway and Canada. A year later, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein, which had joined the sanctions against Russia, were included in the list of these countries, as well as Ukraine from January 1, 2016.

Meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, fish and fish products, and fruits and vegetables were initially banned. Since October 2017, live pigs, with the exception of purebred breeding animals, as well as animal by-products and fat and animal oil, are also not allowed to be imported.

Since 2015, such Western products have even had to be destroyed. However, an agreement has now been made with the Russians about the transit of food products to China and the Eurasian republics. This is only possible using Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) seals and driver registration receipts.