Russia to extend ban on Western food imports until early 2016 | Reuters

MOSCOW Russia plans to extend a ban about Western meals imports for 6 several weeks beginning through early August, following the European Union extended its extremely own sanctions against Moscow, Russian officials said on Monday.European Union foreign ministers extended economic sanctions against Russia until Jan. 31 upon Monday, trying to keep up pressure upon Moscow to assist resolve the Ukraine conflict."A proposal (to extend the meals ban) may be prepared as well as submitted for the presidential administration," Natalya Timakova, any spokeswoman with regard to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, ended up being quoted as stating by TASS news agency."Regarding the list associated with merchandise which will carry on to become under embargo, it remains virtually unchanged," she added.Russia have been widely expected to prolong the actual ban beyond an Aug. eight deadline, as officials previously mentioned the actual choice straight depended around the European sanctions extension."Taking into consideration that the European Union provides extended sanctions against the Russian Federation with regard to half a new year, I have you prepare my proposal towards the president in order to extend the actual presidential degree (on the actual ban) regarding this period," Medvedev informed the meeting together with his deputies.The ban, which usually prohibits meals imports really worth $9 billion in the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, was imposed for any 12 months in retaliation for you to Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.Russia's Agriculture Ministry mentioned earlier in Monday it may add new services towards the listing of banned imports, however - - the Kremlin isn't likely in order to approve any additions, sticking from what it calls any policy of reciprocity.Russia provides banned imports associated with fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, milk and also dairy.(Reporting by simply Polina Devitt, Darya Korsunskaya and also Jack Stubbs; Editing simply by Alison Williams)