Russian Retaliation: Putin Orders Ban On All Food Imports From Sanctioning Countries For A Year

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week we noted Russia was considering banning fruit from Europe (as well as various other sanctions retaliations) but this morning Vladimir Putin has come out swinging by signing 'a decree on countermeasures to Western sanctions':


So trade wars escalate externally and price controls internally. It appears the US (and Europe) will indeed feel "tangible losses" despite Jack Lew's promises.


Putin adds:


As ITAR-TASS reports,

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree on countermeasures to Western sanctions.


The document entitled “On the Application of Certain Special Economic Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation” prohibits or restricts, for one year, the import of certain kinds of agricultural products, raw materials and food originating in a country that has imposed economic sanctions against Russian companies and (or) individuals or has joined such sanctions.

In addition, local analysts consider all the possibilities:

Russia’s response to Western sanctions may vary from country to country. In relations with the United States Russia may raise the question of banning US fast food outlets, which treat their customers to products harmful to health. The same applies to the marketing of PepsiCo products and genetically modified goods from the US,” the expert said.


“Some claim that tens of thousands of Russians may lose jobs in US fast food chains, while others argue that Russian businessmen are quite capable of opening a chain of domestic fast food joints selling natural fried potatoes, and not of Brazilian flour,” Delyagin said.


“In relations with the United States the most sensitive measures may be taken in the banking sphere. Also, there is a possibility of replacing Microsoft software being used at Russia’s government structures with alternative substitutes,” the analyst said.


“Also, Russia may stop letting NASA use its rockets as a means of delivering cargoes to the International Space Station, a service the United States is so much interested in. Or, if asked to go ahead with space cooperation, Moscow may address Washington with its own conditions,” Delyagin said.


“As far as Germany as Russia’s main economic partner in the European Union is concerned, the two countries have strong bonds in power engineering and the automobile industry. But Russia may as well import high precision machine tools from advanced countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, which will surely result in direct losses for German manufacturers,” the analyst said.

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US officials are not happy...

“Assuming that they take this action, it would be blatant protectionism,” Clayton Yeutter, a U.S. Trade Representative under President Ronald Reagan, said in a phone interview. 

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IronShield's picture

Talk about cutting off the nose to spite the face?  Hmmm...

PartysOver's picture

Food Fight.  Putin will win.  EU farm subsidies drain more govt accounts.

Ignatius's picture

Look at the new graphic:  dick/sword fight.

Big Corked Boots's picture

No more American Flavor Cheese Food Product for you!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Vlad knows that locally grown food is better
for us. 

Shipping food over long distances is just stupid. 

Disintermediation is the way of the future.

Steak, tomatoes, salsa and cold raw milk all came from our small property. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

""Assuming that they take this action, it would be blatant protectionism,” Clayton Yeutter, a U.S. Trade Representative under President Ronald Reagan, said in a phone interview."

LULZ... this guy is surely trolling.

Like pissing on someone at a party, then claiming they're ruining the fun by leaving.

LibertyBear's picture

There will be no Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Federation already has the most land and does not need anymore. Crimea was an exception because of the warm-water port. Right now, Russia is trying to build a pipe-line completely around Ukraine. I think they have no interest being entangled with Ukraine at all.


See below from the Enemy of the State himself:


“When the Bolsheviks took power in Russia in 1917, they had given

little thought to a future Soviet foreign policy, for they were convinced

that Communist revolution would soon follow in the advanced industrial

countries of Western Europe. When such hopes were dashed after the end

of World War I, Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks adopted the theory of

“peaceful coexistence” as the basic foreign policy for a Communist State.

The idea was this: as the first successful Communist movement, Soviet

Russia would serve as a beacon for and supporter of other Communist

parties throughout the world. But the Soviet State qua State would devote

itself to peaceful relations with all other countries, and would not attempt

to export communism through inter-State warfare. The idea here was not

just to follow Marxist-Leninist theory, but was the highly practical course

of holding the survival of the existing Communist State as the foremost

goal of foreign policy: that is, never to endanger the Soviet State by

courting inter-State warfare. Other countries would be expected to become


Communist by their own internal processes.”


Murray Rothbard, For A New Liberty, p. 290

franzpick's picture

O'BOLA, Valerie, Victoria, Holster and their cohorts, and their foreign resource takeover policies, should ALL BE QUARANTINED. Guantanamo might be a good location.

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

Please don't touch my Russia Woudka

Latina Lover's picture

No more GMO Freedom Fries for Russia, LOL.

Jack Burton's picture

Good post Bear! This is true in every sense. The average western CNN watcher has no clue about facts and interests like you have posted. Ignorance passes for smarts inside the USA at this time in it's history.

slightlyskeptical's picture

Protectionism is just the same as saying "I am looking out for our country". Wish the USA would follow course.

Anthing that can be produced internally should be produced internally. Anything else is a direct hit in the face of the citizens. Free trade as we have it now is not far removed from treason.

CheapBastard's picture

Yeah, but "they don't make anything..."...........



Headbanger's picture



Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Now that's really sockin' them in the ol Chef Boyardee!

El Vaquero's picture


LULZ... this guy is surely trolling.


Like pissing on someone at a party, then claiming they're ruining the fun by leaving.


I was going to say something about that, but you beat me to the punch.  In short, Yeutter, go fuck yourself.

froze25's picture

Funny how Nationalism is now labeled as protectionism. Maybe Globalism should be relabeled Suicidal-ism.

oudinot's picture

Wow. That looks good.

Up north at the mine, northern Ontario we have black and white patridge , deer (small),  moose (big) ,pickerel (muskie), lake trout, pike: a neighbour grazes a herd of Angus-does fatten it up at the end with grain but no drugs-we have our own garden for the boys-it keeps the cost downs and the attendent tansportation, you bet.

Growing mountains  of lettuce in California  that harvest 60 calories a pound and it then send it east to NY takes 1,200 calories for fuel:  makes absolutely no sense,especially in peak oil times.

In fact, Russia now  has an advantage over the US in food distribution.  The USSR was so 'officially' centralized in Communist times that in fact in agriculture distribution it was the opposite.  The different regions were so fucked up and disorganized the system broke down.  However, counter intuitively each local region organised for themsleves so grew ONLY for their needs and grew what they needed .  

Very efficient, prudent agricultural system, Old Cato would have approved.

Michael Pollan has an excellent resource in his books of food, as I am but parroting his ideas.

RealityCheque's picture

I don't envy many people HH, but I'll be damned if that doesn't warm my heart!

barre-de-rire's picture

from a french, take it as an advice, it looks like a puke on the  shit plate.

you need to  learn cooking, from scratch.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Yeah, maybe so, but it sure tasted great, and I know where it came from

Enjoy your Royal with Cheese.

I'll work on my presentation.

the phantom's picture

+1 for the perfectly placed Pulp Fiction reference.

pods's picture

I just cannot understand where that stereotype comes from about the french.


Ignatius's picture

I actually have pondered this question.

When the French people really got pissed off they started removing heads.

The Anglo-American Establishment would probably prefer we not remember this.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I got it! 

Next time, I will put the salsa verde on the plate first, maybe make some fancy design, then put the steak and tomatoes on top of it. 

That would look much better. 

However, I just can't bring myself to go full French and stick a little white flag on a toothpick into the steak.

Merci beaucoup!

Head_Shots_Work's picture

Looks tasty to me, especially knowing it's not test tube meat. However - even though I live in a land 'o beef' - even raised some - the best steak I've ever had was in a small restaurant in Florence (Italy - not Alabama). Growing my own veggies now and muscadine vines. Starting fruit trees and other fruit next year. 

Abitdodgie's picture

I was in this place called Fixin (i think ) about 30 years ago in France and they did this simple beef broth with a egg poached in it to this day i still remember how goo it was.

RealityCheque's picture

And maybe some kind of red wine "jus", and a tiny fucking portion. And some more pretention.

That ought to French it right up....

Ourrulersknowbest's picture

Presentation maybe not gourmet,but it looked good.french food is complicated,overly fussy ,and not that great.they make good cakes though,but man cannot live on cake alone.

StychoKiller's picture

Just put something colorful in the salsa, tomatillos for green, carrots for orange, or red peppers (for red, duh!)  Even some grated cheddar would have added some color.  Nothing wrong with the color of the steak or tomatoes.  Black olives are always a nice addition to sauces, also.

ChiangMai's picture


15 April  2014:

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that Russia will no longer import GMO products, stating that the nation has enough space, and enough resources to produce organic food.

"If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”



Dubaibanker's picture

The Finnish are running helter skelter, the ban was barely done hours ago. The PM of Finland spoke while still on his last day of vacation and has warned the EU for compensation for lost business and an impending decline in GDP.

Now you have been warned...Finnish people! The winter will be really cold and slow up there. Thanks for being part of EU, where your vote is not really heard by the powers that be.

Finland warns Russia sanctions could spell ‘economic crisis’

Russia is Finland's third largest export market, accounting for about 10% of total Finnish sales abroad. Russian tourists also spend roughly €2 billion annually in Finland, a neutral country which shares a long border with Russia.

"This has the potential - and I stress potential - to become economic crisis 2.0," Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told reporters, adding that the indirect impact of the sanctions could be significant for Finland.

The Dutch should be the next to speak up.

Jack Burton's picture

Dubaibanker, That was an excellent post and very informative. I have not had time yet, but I want to research the impact of this EU and  Russia crisis, and sanctions on Finland's economy. The two have an uneasy history and relationship, but also a very common sense relationship in trade and foreign policy. The real goal is to prevent anymore conflict between the two and to use trade for mutal interests of Finland and Russia. This often times makes the USA very angry, as they want an aggressive anti Russian Finland.

d_taco's picture

The Dutch farmers are already in panic mode: demanding emergency measures from Europe. 


Volaille de Bresse's picture

"Steak, tomatoes, salsa and cold raw milk all came from our small property"

Errrr... looks like someone crapped in your plate, no?

And the ratio veggies/red meat is bad (=this piece of meat is huge). And tomatoes are extremely acidic ;-)

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Yeah, well, we have more grass-fed beef and fresh vegetables than we know what to do with.  

It is supposed to be an Argentinian dish.  If I put the salsa on the plate in a swirl, cut the steak up into small pieces, stick Mrs Horseman's sword through it, light it on fire, and have her parade around the dinner table waiving the food over her head, topless, then would it be a better presentation?

Zerozen's picture

Red meat, provided it's organic and grassfed, is some of the healthiest and most nutrient dense food known to man. Don't listen to him, Hedgeless. There is nothing wrong with eating that steak.

kchrisc's picture

Soon having a garden will be illegal.

Soon being able to garden will make one a potential "terrorist."

ChiangMai's picture


"Soon" = as of two years ago, if you indicate concern about GMOs as a reason for growing your own food. 


20 September 2012

A leaked training manual used in the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program for law enforcement and funded by the Department of Justice lists political bumper stickers expressing opposition to the United Nations and support for the bill of rights as indications of terrorist activity…

Another slide lists people who are “antigenetic engineering” as terrorists. Presumably, that includes people who are concerned about a new study which found that rats fed with genetically-engineered Monsanto corn suffered premature deaths.

Apparently, the Department of Justice considers Americans who have a good grasp of the bill of rights, are concerned about the food they eat, those who politically oppose the United Nations, and even those who hold “fairly popular” opinions, to be likely terrorists. Perhaps the DOJ is drawing inspiration from the Department of Defense, who in 2009 characterized the First Amendment right to protest as “low level terrorism”...



El Vaquero's picture

If you've read my posts concerning law enforcement, you know how I feel about cops.  I hate them.  But, APDs (Albuquerque) mounted patrol keeps its horses near me, and I have to interact with them sometimes.  I've also watched them work, and you wouldn't recognize their tactics as APD.  They've been known to treat people like human beings on occasion.  They're isolated from APD for the most part though.  Or at least they used to be.  One of the commanders said that SWAT needs to be put on a leash because they only want to go in and smash shit.    Regardless of whether they are good or bad, they are in a sense, my neighbors, and I have to deal with that.


Next time there is a lunch, BBQ, etc... that they are going to be at, I'm going to bring some of the stuff that I've grown.  We'll see if they think I'm a terrorist when their taste buds are exposed to a culinary delight of mine.  

kchrisc's picture

Any gun and badge thug that does not resign and leave is a criminal just like the rest of them.

No quarter for any gun and badge thug when the time comes.

The Phallic Crusader's picture

you gotta work on presentation, man...

thamnosma's picture

LOL, I had the same thought but, hey, give him a break.  He raised the stuff.

thamnosma's picture

Horseman, lately I've become hooked on raw goat's milk.  So damned good.   Good job on your part but dude you need some more fiber in there :-)

El Vaquero's picture

Sorry Hedgeless, I just cannot do fresh tomatoes like that.  For me, more fresh and ripe is worse.  Cooked and whatnot, I can do, but not fresh and raw.  I love tomato sauces, but they're not raw.  Fresh raw tomatoes make my physically ill, and whatever it is that makes me ill goes away when they are cooked.  Take the nastiest slimiest brownest rottenest lettuce you can imagine, multiply that by 10, and that's what fresh tomatoes smell like to me.  I don't even like stewed tomatoes because they look too close to what's on your plate, though I know that's 100% psychological.  


Get me to take a bite out of a fresh tomato, and I'll ruin everybody's dinner.  For somebody who likes the sauces made from them, it sucks.  I have to put up with the smell if I am going to make a sauce.


That steak looks good though.

The Blank Stare's picture

That's kind a funny cuz I'm the exact opposite. If it's a sppagetti or pizza sauce (I usually make my own), or chili,(no chunks)  I'm fine, but any kind of stew or braised based tomato sauce, no way. And if it has chunks double no way. But give me a large fresh tomato from the garden, slice it up with a little salt, YUM!