17:01 Nov. 22, 2016
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.
In June, Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending the embargo on Western food imports to Russia to December 31, 2017.