From the Telegraph:
Russia banned lots of foreign imports last year in retaliation for sanctions applied towards Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
They hope to spur domestic production, or some such thing. We are blessed here in the US. We export more food than we import. We pay farmers to not produce, for a verity of reasons. Russia, on the other hand, has to import.
Applying my dusty ol’ poly-sci edumuckation, its more likely he’s trying to spur some nationalist sentiment. Note the ban does not cover alcohol….. Of course, just because a county imports nearly 40% of its food, as I heard in this case, does not mean that it needs to.
The ban covers fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, fish, and most meat. Exemptions from the ban include alcoholic beverages, cured meats and cereal products. Food brought in by individuals for their personal use is also exempt.
So, this Ukrainian conflict, can we expect it, and the sanctions applied against Russia, to continue?
I’m guessing, Yes.
And yet another issue ignored by popular media here.