Britain: Russian food sanctions against West not justified

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Newscast Media LONDON—There are no grounds for Russia to impose retaliatory
sanctions against Western countries, a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
official told RIA Novosti.

“There are no grounds for Russia to impose these sanctions. We have been pushing
for a strong and determined international response to Russia’s unacceptable behavior
in Ukraine. We have been clear that we are prepared to play our part and that there
will be some costs, but this does not diminish our commitment. Instead of retaliating,
Russia should be using its influence with the violent Russian-backed separatists to
stop destabilizing Ukraine,” the official said.

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.