Russia adds four new countries to EU food import ban list

EU food import ban: Russia  has added Albania, Montenegro, Liechtenstein and Iceland to the list of countries from which it has banned  food imports, Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
The ban which is  currently not due to expire until August next year at the earliest, previously covered the United States, Canada, Norway, Australia and the 28 member states of the European Union and includes meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
Medvedev also told a government meeting that Moscow would only ban certain food imports from Ukraine from 2016 if an economic association agreement between Kiev and the European Union came into force.
“We agreed to give [Ukraine] extra time — until Jan. 1 of next year — for decisions on questions over economic regulation,” Medvedev said. “After this period, if we cannot reach an agreement brokered by the European Union — and I see no signs of that — the earlier approved documents, which set … a food embargo for Ukraine, will come into force.”
Tellingly  the expanded list does not include  Georgia, which recently declined to support an extension of the Western sanctions against Moscow.