• Kyodo


Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday banning or restricting imports of agricultural products, raw materials and food for one year from a country that has invoked economic sanctions against Russian businesses and individuals.

Stopping short of an outright ban, Russia may adapt restrictive measures such as targeted items to avoid an impact on domestic prices of farm products. It could also be an attempt to pitch the retaliatory action to the domestic audience, rather than actually dealing a blow to those countries slapping sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis.

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