The Ukrainian government has extended the embargo on a number of Russian products until 2020, the press service of the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers announced on Monday 15 July. Originally the embargo was imposed at the end of 2015 as a response to similar restrictions imposed by Russia. On 15 May 2019, Kyiv decided to significantly expand the list of goods that may not be imported from Russia.
Since 1 July 2019, the embargo has applied to the raw materials for producing cement, all prepared forms of cement, mineral fertilizers, animal feed, veterinary medicine products and a number of other goods. In addition, as of March 2020, the importing of used railway carriages and trams will also be prohibited. The ban on importing cars from Russia to Ukraine has been postponed until the end of 2019.
At the end of June 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended Russia’s food embargo until the end of 2020. The special economic restrictions were first imposed in 2014 on products from countries that support the sanctions against the Kremlin. Initially the embargo targeted goods produced in the US, EU, Australia, Norway and Canada. Since 13 August 2015, the list has been expanded to include other countries that have joined the sanctions on Russia: Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and as of 1 January 2016, Ukraine. Putin’s decree states that the embargo is in place to “protect Russia’s national interests”.