Russia has banned oil export to Ukraine – Prime Minister

Russian , Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday, said has banned exports of oil and petroleum products to , as well as certain Ukrainian imports.

Russia bans oil export to Ukraine

Relations between the former Soviet neighbours have been at an all-time low since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in retaliation for Kiev ousting its Kremlin-backed president.

Medvedev cast the new sanctions, which include bans on importing certain metals, consumer goods and equipment from Ukraine, as counter-measures for Ukrainian sanctions against Russia.

“We are forced to protect our interests and strike back,’’ Medvedev said at a meeting of the cabinet of ministers, Russian state news agency, TASS reported.

“Those Ukrainian imports that are now banned had amounted to about $250 million in 2018,’’ Medvedev added.

(NAN)

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