Russia has again decided to prolong its ban on selected food imports from certain western markets, curbs first put in place five years ago.

Moscow’s suspension has been extended to the end of December 2020. The ban, which dates back to 2014 in its first instance, was due to expire at the end of this year.

In August 2014, Russia restricted imports of chicken, beef, pork, dairy products, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway. And in 2015, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Albania and Montenegro joined the list followed by Ukraine in 2016. 

The latest move by Moscow follows the EU’s extension to its own economic sanctions for another year, restrictions that were originally instigated over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

“In item 1 the words ‘until December 31, 2019’ should be replaced with the words ‘until December 31, 2020’,” the decree from the Kremlin read.

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