Russia bans Western food imports, Ukraine scuffles heat up
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:20
The Russian government has imposed a total ban on imports of many Western foods in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Tension on the streets of Kiev.
Holdout demonstrators, angry at perceived Russian interference in Eastern Ukraine, are refusing to leave Independence Square, in an anti-Moscow protest that began last autumn.
But Moscow is showing no signs of changing tack, despite the protests.. and economic sanctions imposed by the west.
In fact the Russian government is now striking back with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announcing sanctions of his own.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER, DMITRY MEDVEDEV, SAYING:
"Russia is introducing a total ban on imports of beef, pork, fruit and vegetables, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the European Union countries, the United States of America, Australia, Canada and the Kingdom of Norway."
It's a decision that the EU Commission says is clearly politically motivated although spokesman Frederic Vincent says the EU may retaliate.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EU COMMISSION SPOKESPERSON, FREDERIC VINCENT, SAYING:
"Following a full assessment by the Commission on the Russian Federation's measures, we reserve the right to take action as appropriate."
And amid the escalating rhetoric, the battle between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's government forces continues... residents in eastern Ukraine wondering if their lives will ever return to normal.
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