Russia bans food imports in retaliation to sanctions

Russia has banned the importation of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and diary imports from the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union and Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The measures are part of a raft of counter-measures to be imposed after the targeted nations imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the crisis in Ukraine.

The import ban begins today and will last for one year, he added.

View all 8 updates ›

Putin to prepare 'retaliation' against western sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his government to prepare for retaliatory measures against the latest western sanctions, the Tass News Agency reports.

"Of course, it should be done carefully in order to support domestic producers and not hamper consumers," he was quoted as saying.

More top news