As reported by Censor.NET, this is announced at the Cabinet's website.
"Effective Jan.2, 2016, reduced rates of import duties, as provided by the customs tariff of Ukraine, will be applied to all goods originating from Russia, while preferential regime with this country (free-trade regime) will be cancelled," the message reads.
The measures are effective for a year under the Cabinet's decree dated Dec. 30, 2015 No.1146. The decree has been issued in order to protect economic interests and security of Ukraine, to restore violated rights, liberties, and legitimate interests of Ukrainian citizens, the society and the state, that have been caused by the Russian Federation activities limiting exercising of legal rights and interests of Ukraine's importers and exporters, and in response to Russia's termination of the free trade area law with Ukraine dated Oct. 18, 2011.
According to Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, trade representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska, the Cabinet will continue to consistently protect Ukrainian producers on domestic and foreign markets.
As previously reported, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine together with other executive bodies has developed proposals for retaliatory sanctions due to the activities of the Russian Federation: the introduction of MFN import duties for Russian goods, effective Jan. 2, 2016, and the ban of importation of a number of them, effective Jan. 10, 2016.
In particular, the Ministry proposed to impose an embargo on the following foods: meat, fish, dairy, cheese spread, coffee, tea, food mixes, confectionery and bakery products, baby foods, pasta, sauces; flavorings and seasonings, beer, alcohol, vodka, dog food, cigarettes with filter.
In addition, the proposed list includes, unlike its Russian counterpart, the following categories: potassium chloride with potassium, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, substances preventing germination of germs and plant-growth regulators, rodenticides, artificial sausage shells, equipment for railways or tramways, and diesel-electric locomotives.
Russia's food embargo against Ukraine came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. This is stipulated by the Russian government's decree of Dec. 21, 2015 on retaliation economic measures against Ukraine in connection with its accession to the anti-Russian sanctions.
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