Killing me softly: Putin says food embargo will 'last as long as possible'

17:01 Nov. 22, 2016

Putin says food embargo will 'last as long as possible'

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a toast during a ceremony for receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin (AP photo)

The Russian producers ask Putin not to put embargo aside

The Russian embargo on importing food from the EU countries, the United States and Ukraine will continue as long as possible, the country's president Vladimir Putin claimed, the UNIAN agency reported on Tuesday. 

"This I can whisper to your ear: we are going to drag it out as long as possible," the leader said, answering to the Russian producers appeal not to lift the food imports embargo. 

Russia introduced the embargo as a countermeasure to the EU and U.S. sanctions over the Crimea annexation and war in Donbas to limit the food imports and thus facilitate domestic agricultural goods producers, Putin also noted. 

 

However, Putin admitted that the food embargo initially caused increasing prices in the domestic markets. 

Read also NATO and EU leaders: The pressure with sanctions against Russia must be kept in force

In June, Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending the embargo on Western food imports to Russia to December 31, 2017. 

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