Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has revealed he signed a decree on response sanctions against Ukraine following Kiev's joining of anti-Russian sanctions.
"Ukraine will come under response economic measures over its joining anti-Russian sanctions of the European Union and the United States starting from January 1, 2016," Medvedev said at a meeting with his deputies on Dec. 21.
"I have just signed the respective government order," he said.
Medvedev recalled that back in August the Russian government expanded the restrictive measures to a number of countries, including Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Montenegro and Albania, imposing an imports ban regarding agricultural products, raw materials and foods from these countries. "In relation to Ukraine, there was an observation that Russia will not impose the sanctions in the event that certain consultations have been held and an agreement reached on the economic part of [Ukraine's] association with the European Union," Medvedev said.
"Since Ukraine decided on the implementation and no special agreements with Ukraine were reached in respect to how all this will be aligned with the Russian economy and our bilateral ties, all these measures will be expanded over to Ukraine starting from January 1. By these I mean the so-called response economic measures, or the countersanctions, as they are sometimes referred to," he added.
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