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Russia hits back at West with huge food imports ban

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at the International Youth Legal Forum in St Petersburg, on June 20, 2014Russia retaliated against tough new Western sanctions on Thursday, banning most food imports from the United States and the European Union and threatening to block flights over its airspace. The 28-member European Union swiftly denounced the measures — which also target Canada and Australia — and said it was ready to take action in response. The tit-for-tat moves further heighten tensions between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine, where heavy shelling was reported in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk on Thursday. At a government meeting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the embargo will affect “imports of beef, pork, fruit and vegetable produce, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway,”

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