Russia extends ban on western food imports

January 01, 1970

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that his country's ban on food imports from the West has been renewed for 1 year until 5 August 2016. The ban prohibits most food imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway, but does not cover wines and spirits, bread, pasta, or cereals.

The announcement follows the European Union's decision earlier this week to extend its economic sanctions targeting certain transactions with Russia's financial, energy, and defence sectors and imposing an export ban on dual-use goods (see previous blog).

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This article first appeared on European Sanctions Law & Practice (, a blog by Maya Lester (+44 20 7379 3550,, a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, and Michael O'Kane (+44 (0) 20 7822 7777, head of Business Crime at Peters & Peters.