On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the food embargo on Western products.
“To extend the action of separate special economic measures from the 6th of August to the 31st of December 2017, envisaged by the Presidential Decree of 6th of August 2014 № 560 ‘On the use of special economic measures in order to ensure security of the Russian Federation’ and extended by the Presidential Decree № 320 of June 24th” a statement issued by the Kremlin read.
Russia imposed an embargo on supplies of food products from Western countries such as the USA, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway on the 7th of August 2014. Meat and meat products, fish and fish products, milk and dairy products, fruits and vegetables were all banned.
On August 6th, 2015, Putin issued a decree to destroy all food smuggled in from Western countries found by Russian authorities.