Putin bans agricultural imports from West

Updated: 2014-08-07 09:12


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Putin bans agricultural imports from West

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a session of the State Council Presidium in Voronezh, August 5, 2014. Putin has ordered his government to prepare retaliatory measures against the latest round of Western sanctions, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.[Photo/Agencies]

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning or limiting the import of agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow, the Kremlin press office said Wednesday.

The decree, which came immediately into force, ordered the government to draw up a detailed list of products that would be banned or limited for up to one year.

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The government should also adopt measures along with national producers and retailers to increase the share of domestically produced goods, said the decree.

The full list of products to be banned or limited for up to one year is to be published Thursday. But RIA Novosti news agency quoted Alexei Alexeenko of Russia's plant and veterinary oversight service as saying "from the USA, all products that are produced there and brought to Russia will be prohibited."

Alexeenko also was quoted as saying he t