June 24, 2019 / 11:36 AM / a month ago

Putin extends ban on European food imports until end of 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an annual nationwide televised phone-in show in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2019. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday extending a Russian ban on food imports from the European Union until the end of 2020, according to a government database.

Russia imposed an embargo on a wide range of imports from the EU and other countries in 2014 in retaliation for international sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Anastasia Teterevleva; writing by Maria Kiselyova; editing by John Stonestreet

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