MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. Russia imposed a ban on the imports of agricultural produce, raw foods, and foodstuffs from Ukraine as of January 1, 2016.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on December 21 he had signed a resolution on the application of counter-sanctions to Ukraine as of the beginning of 2016. “
A ban on the import of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in Ukraine will be introduced as of January 1, 2016,” an interpretive note appended to document said. It also indicated that the Prime Minister’s decision aimed to ramify the special reciprocal measures on Ukraine.
The EU and Ukraine took a decision to begin implementation of the economic chapters of their Association Agreement (AA) on January 1, and in this connection Russia decided to impose the counter-measures on Ukraine similar to the ones it enacted against the EU earlier. The step is necessary to protect the internal market and Russian producers, Medvedev said.