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Russia will change list of banned Western imports

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A list of Western products that Russia has banned could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

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Medvedev told a government meeting he had approved an order, initiated by President Vladimir Putin, to extend a ban on food imports from the West by one year. That came in response to an EU decision to extend sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.

Later on Thursday, the government published the order, which officially extended the ban until August 5, 2016.

The list of banned products remained the same and included fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, milk and dairy products.

"This list is of course not a constant. It can be changed depending on a number of things, including how our relations develop with our European partners and partners in a number of other countries," Medvedev told a government meeting.

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