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Russia extends ban on Ukrainian foods

July 28, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have extended a ban on importing Ukrainian dairy produce to also cover canned foods; a move that Kiev says is politically motivated.

Following a ban on all dairy imports from Ukraine, the Russian consumer rights agency on Monday said it has banned the imports of canned vegetables and fish. Authorities listed multiple reasons for their decision including misleading branding.

Russian officials have stopped imports from other countries when relations turned sour. Moscow has in the past banned wine from Georgia, and only last week officials halted imports of fruit and vegetables from Moldova, which officials there dismissed as retaliation for the country’s improved relations with the European Union.

Russia is a key market for Ukrainian agricultural exports. By banning supplies from its neighbor, Russia severely damages Ukraine’s economy.

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