A Russian presidential decree mandating the destruction of all banned Western food products on site, following the Russian embargo on their import last year, came into force last week and is now in effect. The embargo has been extended until 5 August 2016 (see previous blog). Importing fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses from the EU and other countries that instituted sanctions against Russia is banned.
There have also been reports that Russia is drafting a proposal to extend its food embargo to include 7 more countries, all of which have backed EU sanctions against Russia. The mooted countries are Albania, Montenegro, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, and Georgia, although President Putin’s spokesman Mr Peskov has stated that “The exact list of countries is being discussed”.