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Russia to ban Ukrainian food imports from January

Wednesday 18 November, 2015 12:00:00 am

Russia to ban Ukrainian food imports from January

Moscow, Nov 18 (AP/UNB) — Russia says it intends to ban imports of Ukrainian food starting next year.


The move announced Wednesday by Alexei Ulyukayev, the economic development minister, could deal a considerable blow to the economy of Ukraine, which is already struggling from the fight with Russia-backed separatists in its eastern regions.


Ukrainian Deputy Economic Development Minister Nataliya Mykolska was quoted by the Interfax news agency last week as saying such a ban would cut Ukrainian exports by as much as $205 million.


Ulyukayev said the measure was being imposed in response to Ukraine's sanctions against Russia.


The announcement comes a day after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the country plans to join a free trade zone with the European Union on Jan. 1.