Russia imposes tit-for-tat import bans

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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MOSCOW – On Aug. 7, Moscow formally moved to place an immediate ban on imports of meat, fish, milk and fruit from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. The ban is expected to last for one year, reports USA Today.

This tit-for-tat move, which follows a decree signed on Aug. 6 by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, is intended to "protect Russia's security" after the latest round of US and EU-imposed sanctions targeting sectors of the Russian economy. Both the US and EU have charged Russia, which invaded and then annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March, of fomenting tensions in eastern Ukraine.

More bans may be imposed. Russia is reportedly ready to introduce protective measures in aviation, car building and other industries, warned Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russia is also considering banning the transit of flights from US and EU commercial airlines, he added.

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By Paul Edwards 8/9/2014 6:52:07 AM
This is no doubt corporate warfare on a global basis. US implements sanctions the other country introduces sanctions, biosecurity events, acquisitions of American companies so that sanctions are limited in a global context. It may be a good time to evaluate National Security definitions.

By Max H Herr 8/7/2014 11:22:13 AM
The Russian bear of the 1960s rears its ugly head. Not content to be the homeland of major computer fraud and virus originators, now the corrupt government, headed by Putin, wants to starve its own people into submission and return to the dark ages of its Communist past. At least they have a sympathetic audience in Congress and the White House (Obama is taking notes on how to come back for a third term). But from where will they make up the 40% of their food imports that US meat, poultry, and other agricultural products represent? This is a plan not well-thought out.