Moscow formally moved Thursday to impose a ban on imports of meat, fish, milk and fruit from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway.
The ban, effective immediately, is expected to last for one year.
The diplomatic move, following a decree signed Wednesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to “protect Russia’s security,” follows the latest round of sanctions by the U.S. and EU that targeted entire sectors of the Russian economy.
The U.S. and the EU have accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March, of fomenting tensions in eastern Ukraine.[usatoday]