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Russia works on food embargo exemptions — Deputy PM

August 14, 2014, 18:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The exemptions might also include such products as seeds in a bid to increase competitiveness on the Russian agricultural producers, he adds

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MOSCOW, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. A Russian state monitoring commission prepares a list of exemptions to Russia’s recently introduced food imports embargo in regard to the Western states, particularly to allow products intended for diabetics, First Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Thursday.

“Proposals on exemptions to the list of banned import products will be ready by tomorrow and they concern sensitive provisions for various social groups as well as products for people diagnosed with diabetes,” Dvorkovich said.

The exemptions might also include such products as seeds in a bid to increase competitiveness on the Russian agricultural producers, the official added.

In response to Western sanctions Russia imposed last week a one-year ban on imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Norway.

However, Russian Prime Minister stated last week that newly imposed sanctions were not in force to baby foods and all products, which people could buy abroad.

“I would like to particularly point out that these measures are omitting baby foods and certainly are not in force to products, which [Russian] people are buying abroad in these countries [subjected to sanctions],” he added.

The list of the banned products includes cattle meat (fresh, chilled and refrigerated), pork (fresh, chilled and refrigerated), poultry meat and all poultry edible by-products, salted meat, pickled meat, dried meat, smoked meat, fish and shell fish, clams and other water invertebrates, milk and dairy products, vegetables, edible roots and tuber crops, fruits and nuts, sausage and analogous meat products, meat by-products or blood, as well as products made of them, ready-to-eat products including cheeses and cottage-cheese based on vegetable fats.

The United States and the European Union, as well as Japan introduced a range of sanctions against Russia after Crimea’s merger with the country and over Moscow’s alleged involvement in armed standoff in Ukraine’s southeast.

Moscow repeatedly rejected the threats of broader sanctions saying the language of penalties is counterproductive and will strike back at Western countries.

According to various estimations made by European experts, Russia’s food sanctions block EU’s exports worth a total of over seven billion euros ($9.4 billion).

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