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Putin extends ban on Western food imports

AP  |  Moscow 

Russian has extended a ban on Western for another 18 months after the European Union's decision to prolong its broader, punitive sanctions over Russia's actions in

Putin's Thursday decree keeps the in place until Dec 31, 2019. It follows the EU's move to extend its restrictions until year's end.

The US and the EU introduced several rounds of sanctions to punish for the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and support for separatist rebels in eastern

They made lifting restrictions contingent on the progress of a 2015 peace deal for eastern argues that the peace agreement has floundered at Ukraine's fault.

The sanctions have hurt the Russian economy, restricting access to global financial markets and cutting imports of key technologies.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 19:55 IST