Russia expanded a ban on imported goods from Ukraine on Saturday December 29th, saying it would halt some $500 million worth of annual imports of mainly industrial products in retaliation against economic sanctions by Kiev.
As reported by Reuters, President Vladimir Putin earlier this year. instructed the government to prepare a list of measures against Ukraine after Kiev announced economic sanctions on a list of Russian companies and business figures.
Moscow said items included in the new ban included industrial goods as well as some agricultural products, raw materials and food. A Russian government statement said, “Ukraine periodically imposes sanctions against both Russian individuals and legal entities and on specific Russian goods.” It added, “Since the introduction of measures to ban imports from Russia of certain types of agricultural products, the Ukrainian sanctions list has been expanded to 18 types of products.”