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Russian agriculture minister supports tit-for-tat measures against US

The Russian agriculture minister supports the initiative of limiting supplies of US agricultural products to Russia as one of responsive actions against US sanctions

GORKI, April 25. /TASS/. Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev told reporters on Wednesday that he supports the initiative of limiting supplies of US agricultural products to Russia as one of responsive actions against US sanctions.

"I definitely support such initiatives. Will we be able to substitute these products? I am confident that we will be able," the minister said.

On April 6, the US Treasury introduced sanctions against Rusal co-owner Oleg Deripaska, as well as Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, VTB head Andrei Kostin, owner of Renova Viktor Vekselberg, Surgutneftegaz CEO Vladimir Bogdanov, Sibur board member Kirill Shamalov, businessmen Igor Rotenberg, and Suleiman Kerimov. According to an explanatory note attached to the new US restrictions list, American authorities ordered US investors to get rid of shares of sanctioned Russian companies by May 7, 2018.