Russia prolongs western food ban in response to sanctions

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Russia will make sure that its ban on some food imports from the West lasts as long as possible, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

“The consumer is interested in getting good-quality products at the least possible price, so we need to create competitive conditions. So we will be dragging out as long as possible,” Putin said at an All-Russia People’s Front forum.

Russia banned imports of some fresh food from countries that imposed sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukrainian crises in 2014.

Agreement with China on measures against terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin also signed a federal law “On ratification of Agreement between Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China on cooperation in fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism”, the president’s press-service announced on Tuesday.

The legislation was adopted by the State Duma on November 11 and by the Federation Council on November 16.

This law ratifies agreement between Russia and China, which was signed on September 27, 2010.

In particular, the agreement introduces exchange of information regarding prevention and fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism, holding regular meetings and consultations, cooperation in border regions of two countries as well as a number of other measures.