Putin extends Crimea-related counter-sanctions in opposition to Western states for one more 12 months

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has prolonged the 2014 counter-sanctions package deal for one more 12 months. The penalties limiting imports from international locations which have imposed sanctions on Russia will stay in place until the top of 2021.

The presidential decree, prolonging the restrictive measures till December 31, 2021, was revealed by the president’s workplace on Saturday.The package deal bans the import of sure items, reminiscent of agricultural merchandise, meat, and fish, from international locations that adopted restrictive measures in opposition to Russia.It was initially launched in August 2014 in response to a flurry of sanctions Moscow confronted from the Western international locations, together with the US and EU member states, following the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Western nations launched sanctions as they backed Ukraine in claiming that Crimea was illegally occupied and annexed by Moscow.

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Moscow has repeatedly acknowledged that it’ll not talk about the standing of Crimea with anybody. In 2014, the peninsula held a referendum through which almost 97 % of residents voted to re-join Russia.Think your folks would have an interest? Share this story!