Russia to be guided by national interests in deciding on whether to lift food embargo - Medvedev

Russia is so far not planning to lift the food embargo it imposed on a number of Western countries in August 2014, and although it will be lifted sooner or later, the government will be guided by national interests in making decisions on the matter, says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia is so far not planning to lift the food embargo it imposed on a number of Western countries in August 2014, and although it will be lifted sooner or later, the government will be guided by national interests in making decisions on the matter, says Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"Naturally, we are oriented toward our relations with a particular state. But this doesn't mean that we can decide now that, for instance, imports from one state be allowed, while imports from another be banned," Medvedev said in an interview in an analytical program hosted by Sergei Brilyov, shown on Rossiya-1 television channel on May 23.

"We will make these decisions proceeding from our national interests, if you forgive me this pompous phrase," he said.

 

The prime minister pointed out that Russia had been prompted to impose the embargo because of certain steps by its trade partners.

"It were not we who started this, so to speak. Therefore, it's necessary to see what decisions they make. And then we will decide in August - because these restrictive countermeasures have been imposed for one year - whether to keep them in place, or change something partially, or lift them altogether," Medvedev said.

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