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    The Russian government published Thursday the list of agricultural products banned for import for one year from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia, it includes meat, poultry and milk products as well as fruits and vegetables.

    MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) — The Russian government published Thursday the list of agricultural products banned for import for one year from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia, it includes meat, poultry and milk products as well as fruits and vegetables.

    "The restrictions are imposed for one year starting from today, but if our partners demonstrate a constructive stance on issues of cooperation, the government is ready to review the terms of these restrictions," Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

    Imports of agricultural products will be banned from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.

    The embargo does not include infant foods and goods.

    Medvedev said that attempts to make money on the import ban would be severely handled by Russian trade and agriculture watchdogs.

    "I would like to warn everyone that attempts to scalp to make money on this situation will be handled severely," the prime minister said.

    The year-long embargo Russia is imposing will boost domestic agricultural production, Medvedev added.

    On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin singed an order on economic measures to protect the country's security. The decree banned for a year imports of agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.

    The European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and some other countries have compiled sanctions lists against Russian companies, banks, politicians, as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy. The move has been linked to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

    Moscow has repeatedly called the measures counterproductive and stressed that Russia was never involved in the Ukrainian conflict.

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