Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev D. A. announced the expansion of the list of countries against which Russia imposed food embargo.
according to him, Russia has extended food import ban for another five countries, including Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Ukraine, RIA " Novosti ". On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the government is considering the issue of expanding the list of countries against which imposed food embargo, discusses the nuances in the near future the decision will be made. Prime Minister Medvedev D. A. on 4 August said that the government of the Russian Federation to make an appointment to President Vladimir Putin with the request to lengthen the list of countries against which imposed food embargo. Medvedev also said that the limits regarding Western grocery items will not be infinite, Russian farmers need to take this pause. According to a source in the Ministry of agriculture, list of countries under Russian counter-sanctions, has the possibility to be expanded at the expense of those seven countries that joined the sanctions against Russia.
in June, the EU Council formally extended punishment against Russia for another six months – until 31 January 2016. In addition, on 19 June, the Council of the European Union officially confirmed the extension of sanctions on Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2016. In the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said that Moscow is disappointed by the decision of Brussels on the extension of economic sanctions against Russia, noting that the EU is deliberately ignoring the fact that the extension of restrictive measures will result in the loss of jobs to hundreds of thousands of Europeans. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures from 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the renewal of countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment. July 29, leader Vladimir Putin has signed the Decree about liquidation on August 6, products imported into the Russian Federation and falling under the food embargo. The decree does not apply to goods for personal use. After the decision about the elimination of prohibited to import food smuggling has decreased in 10 times.