KIEV, January 13. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has instructed the Ministry of economy and trade to revise and expand the list of Russian goods, import of which is prohibited into the country. He said this on Wednesday at a government meeting.
“I instruct the Ministry of economy to revise and expand the list of goods against which Ukraine enters its counter-sanctions”, – said Yatsenyuk.
The Ukrainian government had previously approved a list of Russian food products, import of which to the country will be prohibited from 10 January to 5 August 2016.
In Ukraine came into force the trade embargo with Russia, it will be valid until August 5
According to the decision No. 1147 dated December 30, 32015 years, prohibited to import bakery, pastry, chocolates, meat, fish, coffee, black tea, baby food, filter cigarettes, beer, vodka, and a range of other products.
Rada adopted the document in response to the Russian law “On suspending the Russian Federation of the Treaty on the free trade zone against Ukraine”.
The act provides for the suspension of preferential trade regime with Ukraine in order to prevent threats to the economic security of Russia in connection with the application from 1 January 2016 the trade and economic section of the Association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
In the State fiscal service of Ukraine has stated that it would penalize the citizens for the movement of illicit goods from Russia across the Ukrainian border.
A ban on the importation of products
Russia banned the import of agricultural products, raw materials and food of Ukraine as of 1 January 2016, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on December 21 announced that he had signed a decree applying counter-sanctions in respect of Ukraine since 2016.
Ukraine estimates potential losses from the food embargo Russia $600 million
The European Union (EU) and Ukraine have decided to implement from 1 January 2016, the economic section of the Association agreement with the European Union. Therefore, Russia decided to apply in respect Ukraine’s counter-sanctions, similar to those prevailing in the EU. Such a measure is necessary to protect the domestic market and domestic producers, said Medvedev.
In the case of the EU, and other countries sanctioners (USA, Canada, Australia, Norway) on 7 August 2014 in respect of the Republic of Albania, Montenegro, the Republic of Iceland and the Principality of Liechtenstein – 7 August 2015 to 6 August 2016, valid food embargo. A ban were meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. Later the sanctions had been withdrawn dietary supplements, sports, baby and medical nutrition (including lactose-free products). From 6 August 2015 began the destruction of food sanctions products. The recycling is entrusted with the FCS, the Rosselkhoznadzor and Rospotrebnadzor.
At the time of the expansion of sanctions in August 2015 in Ukraine the reservation was made, that it will not be subject to limitations, if Kiev will consider Russia’s interests in the implementation of the agreement with the European Union. Since Ukraine adopted a decision on the implementation of the Association agreement with the EU without considering the interests of the Russian Federation, from 1 January these measures extended to this country.
“We have told the Ukrainian authorities that the implementation of the economic part of the Association agreement with the EU affects our interests and creates a risk of economic security for our country. Were conducted several rounds of negotiations, but they have not given, – Medvedev has explained the decision of the Russian authorities. – Both Ukraine and the EU not ready to sign a legally binding agreement that would take into account the interests of the Russian Federation”.
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