International sanctions

EU prolongs Russia sanctions over Ukraine, Russia to introduce food embargo on Ukraine

The European Union agreed Dec. 21 to prolong damaging economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis for another six months amid sharp differences over relations with Moscow, while Russia will introduce a food embargo against Ukraine next month over Kiev's trade deal with the EU.

German firms hurt by Russian sanctions against Turkey

German companies doing business in Russia have suffered collateral damage from Moscow's sanctions against Turkey, a business group said on Dec. 18.

The impact of sanctions on those companies has been "considerable," said the president of the German-Russian chamber of commerce, Rainer Seele.

"Two-thirds of them have been hit," he said.

Russian sanctions on Turkey to have limited effect: EBRD

The effect of sanctions imposed on Turkey by Russia will be limited, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Dec. 7.

The Russian sanctions were imposed after a fighter jet which had violated Turkish airspace was shot down on Nov. 24. Moscow later announced it was a Russian aircraft.

Russian embargo against Turkish agricultural products

Russia will ban imports mainly of agricultural products, vegetables and fruits from Turkey and may extend its sanctions, if necessary, senior officials said during a meeting of the Russian government.

Moscow may delay for a few weeks the embargo on food imports so as to minimize inflationary pressures, said Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich.

"Serbia won't falter" and join anti-Russia sanctions

Serbia "will not falter in the face of pressure to introduce sanctions against Russia," Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic has said.

Speaking on Wednesday, he stressed that "the EU represents the key foreign-policy goal," but that Serbia is a militarily neutral country that will not give in to pressure and join sanctions.

Montenegro Woos EU by Matching Sanctions

Montenegro has expanded the list of countries against which it has an arms embargo, allying itself further with the EU, which it hope to join.

A government document, which BIRN has seen, shows that the list of countries against which the sanctions have been imposed to include Belarus, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Russia Expands Food Imports Ban to Five European Countries

Moscow has added five European countries to its food imports ban list introduced in response to Western sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

"Those countries are Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, as well as Ukraine under certain conditions," Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a cabinet  meeting on Thursday, according to RIA Novosti.