Economic bridges continue to burn in the US-Russia sanctions standoff, with the latest casualty being US firm Applied Materials, which can no longer export IT equipment to Russia’s nanotechnology giant Rusnano.
The "right steps” politicians in the West and Russia are now taking against each other are very similar to what was happening before World War I, Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikinsh warned EC President Jose Manuel Barroso in a letter Tuesday.
Russia's fresh food safety watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, said it has blocked supplies of some banned agricultural products which sanctioned countries like Poland and Greece tried to re-export through Belarus.
A nationalist party MP is suggesting the Russian government introduce more restrictions on food imports, covering nations that have an association agreement with the EU, including Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
Nationalist party LDPR wants to expand the adoptions ban on all countries that use sanctions against Russia, but United Russia party urges caution, saying such restrictions should only apply to countries that actually allow the mistreatment of kids.
Finland will impose no additional sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s ban of food imports from some EU countries, said Finnish Prime Minister before the presidents of the two countries are set to meet on Friday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Greek farmers say the Russian food embargo has already dealt a devastating blow to the country's agricultural economy, leaving at least 3.5 million kilograms of peaches rotting in refrigerated trucks after being turned back at the Russian border.