Ukraine’s decision to extend the embargo on the import of a number of Russian goods until the end of 2022 is an economic crime against Ukrainians. This opinion on Thursday, December 23, in a conversation with Izvestia, was expressed by the senator from the Republic of Crimea Olga Kovitidi.
“An economic crime against the interests of the people of Ukraine is the extension of the embargo on the import of certain goods from Russia until the end of 2022. Ukraine, which inadvertently introduced a pro-embargo on Russian goods in 2015, should have expected mirror measures from Russia, and therefore, today’s economic policy for Ukraine does not bring anything good for ordinary Ukrainians, ”said Kovitidi.
Earlier, on December 23, the Ukrainian authorities decided to extend the embargo on the import of a number of Russian goods until the end of 2022.
Kiev introduced an embargo on the import of Russian goods in 2016. Then the ban included vodka, confectionery, meat, chocolate and chocolates, fish, processed cheeses, beer, filter cigarettes. Since that time, the list of goods has been expanded several times, and the embargo has been extended.
So, since April 2017, the following goods cannot be imported to Ukraine from Russia: wheat, sunflower oil, detergents, paper (newsprint, kraft cardboard, napkins, towels and other types of paper), boxes, boxes, bags, packaging bags, drilling tools, undercarriage balance carts, axles, wheels and their parts.
Relations between Kiev and Moscow deteriorated sharply in 2014, when, after a coup in Ukraine and a referendum in Crimea, the peninsula became a Russian region. Then 96.77% of Crimean residents were in favor of joining Russia.