19:19 Jun. 29, 2016
Putin extends retaliatory EU sanctions until end of 2017
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has extended ban on western food imports until the end of 2017. The corresponding decree was published on June 29 on the official web site of the Russian government.
The decision to prolong tit-for-tat measures comes as the European Union is preparing to extend a set of sanctions against Russia for another six months.
Moscow banned many Western food imports in 2014 in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union following Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine.
Washington and Brussels link the lifting of sanctions to the implementation of the Minsk peace deal, aimed to put an end to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine's Donbas.