Putin’s decision to respond to Western sanctions comes about a week after President Obama announced new U.S. restrictions, in coordination with the European Union, which aim to cripple Russia’s economy in response to its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered government agencies to ban the import of agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions due to the crisis in Ukraine.
The retaliatory decree, signed by Putin and released by the Kremlin, said food, raw materials and agricultural products would be banned or limited for one year.
Putin also directed his government to implement measures that would prevent the prices of food and agricultural products still being sold in Russia from increasing. He also said the government should propose measures that would increase the supply of domestic goods.
While the decree did not identify the products that would be affected, last week Russia said it was considering bans against United States poultry imports and fruit from Greece.