Russia imposes sanctions against the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway

On 6 August Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed a decree calling for a ban or limit on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in the countries that have imposed economic sanctions against Russia. The Government of Russia was asked to produce a list of products and identify countries subject to the sanction order.

The next day, on 7 August, Dimitri Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, announced that all imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy products from the United States, the Member States of the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway are banned. The full list of prohibited products is established by Resolution of the Russian Government N. 560 dated August 6, 2014, and includes:

  • Cattle meat (fresh, chilled or frozen) 
  • Pork (fresh, chilled or frozen) 
  • Poultry and by-products (fresh, chilled or frozen) 
  • Salted, dried, smoked meat, meat in brine 
  • Fish and shellfishes, molluscs and similar aquatic invertebrates 
  • Milk and dairy products 
  • Vegetables, edible roots and tuberous roots 
  • Fruits and nuts 
  • Sausage and similar products from meat, and meat and blood by-products; ready-to-eat food products made of such products base 
  • Fully-prepared food products (including cheese and cottage cheese made of vegetable fat base) 
  • Food products (lactiferous products made of vegetable fat base)

The ban entered into force on the same day and will be valid for one year. The sanction decree allows the Government to propose any changes to the sanction decree if the situation changes.

It has been reported that the Government is considering imposing a ban on flights of U.S. and EU airlines flying to the East Asia region over Russian territory without landing in Russia. A general ban on flights of Ukrainian airlines over Russian territory to Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia is also being discussed. However, the Government has not adopted a formal regulation to this effect. We will monitor and report on any further developments.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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