Russia banning chocolate, feminine care products from Ukraine – Washington Examiner

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Russia has added to its list of imports from Ukraine that are banned, claiming it is a retaliatory move against restrictions on certain Russian goods.

The ban list, updated by the Russian government Saturday, covers wheat, chocolate, vegetables, fruits, beer, tractors, paper, furniture, children’s and feminine care products, among dozens of other goods and products.

“This is a tit-for-tat measure against sanction restrictions on the part of Ukraine,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said according to state-run TASS, referring to economic sanctions by the Ukrainian government earlier this year.

The updated ban, which the Kremlin claims values around $510 million in 2018, comes as tensions rise again between the two countries in a conflict that stems from Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine has sought action from the World Trade Organization to fight Russian limits on its beverages and sweets, according to Reuters. Russia previously implemented a ban that included beer, vodka, juice, and sweet foods.

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