Russia's response to Western sanctions may be prolonged - Russian PM

The measures taken by Russia in response to sanctions imposed on it by the West are valid for a year, but they may be prolonged, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.

The measures taken by Russia in response to sanctions imposed on it by the West are valid for a year, but they may be prolonged, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.

"These are response measures, not sanctions. In accordance with the president's decree, they are valid for one year, but they can also be repealed earlier at the government's initiative. Actually, they could certainly be prolonged," he said.

These Russian measures may entail their own consequences, not all of which will be positive, Medvedev said, adding that it was impossible to find replacements for all commodity imports to the Russian market that have been suspended as a result of the ban, the prime minister said.

On the plus side, domestic products account for more shelf space in Russian shops today, he said.

"As for the prospects of cancelling the response measures, even when they are lifted, which will certainly happen, it is absolutely obvious that foreign food products will not be able to reclaim their previous space on shop shelves because goods produced in our country and goods imported from other countries will have gained a strong foothold there by that time," Medvedev said.

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