The measures were a reaction to the country’s annexation of the Crimea and support for Ukraine separatists.
Russia’s agriculture ministry has announced that the ban will cover live pigs. It already blocked such exports from the EU, but the new move will also ban such imports from the US, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The Russian government has also extended its ban to imports of all these countries and the EU to:
- Meat by-products from cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and mules;
- Separated fat from poultry, pigs, sheep, cattle and goats; and
- Lard oil, lard stearin, oleo stearin and other animal-based oils.
The ministry bulletin announcing the changes said: “The imposed restrictions on the import of goods will not affect the domestic needs or Russia.”
The restrictions are scheduled to remain until December 31, 2018.
For details of the restrictions, click here.