18 Sep 2023 17:48

Putin extends food embargo for another year until December 31, 2024

MOSCOW. Sept 18 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the decree "On extending separate special economic measures in order to ensure the security of the Russian Federation", with the corresponding document extending until the end of 2024 the country's food embargo on supplies of products from countries that have imposed or supported sanctions against Russia.

The decree has been posted on the government's official legal information portal and enters into force as of the date of being signed.

The food embargo was introduced by presidential decree on August 6, 2014 against countries that introduced or supported anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the annexation of Crimea. At first, it applied to products from the USA, EU, Australia, Norway and Canada. As of 13, 2015, the list of these countries went on to include Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, which had joined the anti-Russian sanctions, and then Ukraine was added on January 1, 2016. In December 2020, the trade embargo was extended to the UK, which had left the EU.

In 2014, the ban was introduced for one year. In 2015 it was extended through August 5, 2016; in June 2016, it was extended again through the end of 2017, and then the extension became annual. At first, meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, fish and fish products, vegetables and fruits were banned. Since October 2017, it has been prohibited to import live pigs, with the exception of purebred breeding animals, as well as animal offal and animal fats and oils.

As of August 6, 2015, in accordance with the decree of the Russian President "On Certain Special Economic Measures Applied to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation" (signed on July 29, 2015), products from sanctioned countries are subject to destruction.

In addition, a procedure has been introduced according to which the transit of products from sanctioned countries is possible only with the use of GLONASS seals and driver registration cards.