Medvedev: Russia may introduce more exemptions from food embargo for goods it doesn't produce

Russia may introduce more exemptions from the food embargo for commodities that are not produced in the country, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

Russia may introduce more exemptions from the food embargo for commodities that are not produced in the country, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We have already adjusted something, but this concerned not individual food products, although such a decision was made in relation to baby food, but this concerned types of agricultural products that we have to import so as to develop our own production," Medvedev said in an interview in an analytical program hosted by Sergei Brilyov, shown on Rossiya-1 television channel on May 23.

"Take, for instance, juvenile fish. We've already made such decisions. And it's quite possible that we might have to make more of them," Medvedev said, without being more specific.

The Russian government signed a directive on imposing an embargo on imports of certain categories of food products from the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway on August 7, 2014. However, first exemptions from the embargo were introduced in just several days. In particular, Russia allowed imports of smolt, seeds for the vegetable farming industry, lactose-free milk, food products for diabetics and allergic individuals, sport supplements, and some other products.

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