The USA extended the list of sanctioned Russian and Ukrainian individuals and institutions in an attempt to maintain pressure on Russia for Moscow's alleged support of separatists in Ukraine.
The administration of US President Barack Obama added on Thursday the names of 26 people and entities that will be subjected to economic sanctions, the New York Times informs.
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to extend the ban on certain food imports from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway by one year in response to the EU's decision to prolong the sanctions against Moscow.
The restrictions will be extended by a year starting June 24, 2015, according to reports of the TASS news agency.
Moscow intends to extend the embargo imposed on European farm produce if the EU extends the sanctions against Russia.
EU representatives of 28 countries “unanimously” approved of the extension of economic sanctions on Russia until the 31st of January, 2016, yesterday, due to its role in the Ukraine crisis.