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Russia Imposes More Sanctions In Retaliation
Russian President Vladimir Putin has slapped sanctions on Europe's agricultural sector in retaliation for punishments imposed by the EU and US.
Mr Putin has ordered government agencies to limit imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have supported sanctions against Russia.
It follows moves by the European Commission and US to freeze the assets of Russians who are close to Mr Putin.
Last week's sanctions also targeted entire sectors of the Russian economy for the first time, including the oil, banking and air industries.
The EU and US have gradually increased the number of people targeted in response to Russia's failure to act over the Ukraine crisis.
Canada became the latest country to unveil new sanctions, taking action against Russian officials and banks and vowing to reduce oil technology exports.
Many EU nations and US politicians blame Russia for the continued escalation of fighting in Ukraine, which resulted in Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 being shot down.
The text of Mr Putin's decree, released by the Kremlin on Wednesday, said that food and agricultural products will be "banned or limited" for one year.
The decree did not name any specific countries or products, but told government agencies to identify which ones to restrict.
Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) later announced that US poultry imports would be banned as part of Mr Putin's order.
VPSS spokesman Alexei Alekseenko declined to say what other products would be banned, but said the list of US and EU food imports would be "quite substantial".
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said there is a growing threat that Russia will invade Ukraine and is building up its troops along the border.
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he will visit Kiev on Thursday to discuss the allegations of troop movements.
A number of Russian travel companies have gone bankrupt due to a collapse in bookings from Russians deciding not to go abroad.
It led to European air passengers being warned they may face higher prices if they travel east should Russia ban some flight paths across its territory.
Before today's sanctions, Polish people posted pictures of themselves eating apples on social media - in protest at Russia's ban on the import of the fruit from Poland.