Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he had signed a government resolution to introduce an embargo on whole categories of food from the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway.
"In fulfillment of the presidential decree, I have signed a government order. Russia is imposing a full ban on supplies of beef, pork, fruit and vegetable products, that is vegetables and fruit, poultry, fish, cheeses, milk and dairy products," Medvedev said at Thursday's Cabinet meeting.
Medvedev said the embargo applied to products from countries of the EU, United States, Australia, Canada and Norway."
Medvedev recalled that the Russian president on August 6 signed a decree on Special Economic Measures to Protect the Russian Federation's Security.
"Effectively, we're talking about imposing an embargo on whole categories of products from those countries that have imposed economic sanctions against Russian organizations and citizens," he said.
"Our country did not respond to the sanctions that some states introduced against Russia for a long time," he said.
"We hoped until the very last that our foreign colleagues would realize that sanctions are a dead end and that nobody needs them. But they didn't realize this. And things have turned out in such a way that we have had to go for retaliatory measures," Medvedev said.
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