Русия: Сирене бива изгорено след разбиване на канал за незаконен внос на храни

A total of 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of contraband cheese, illegally imported from Germany, was incinerated at St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport on Thursday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree authorising the destruction of food imports banned under the current embargo which was renewed on August 6. The destruction of the contraband was replicated across Russia, with 10 tons of cheese being destroyed in Belgorod and 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of banned fruit and vegetables being incinerated in the Saratov Region, as the Russian officials step-up their campaign against illegal food imports. The move comes as the Russian Agricultural Ministry is reportedly working on a draft bill which will ban certain food imports from seven more countries, including Norway, Ukraine and Georgia. European economies continue to suffer from Russian counter-sanctions, which have recently been extended till August 5, 2016. The extension was made in response to the EU extending its own sanctions against Russia until December 31, 2016. Italy has already suffered estimated losses of €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) because of the Russian food embargo. The list of prohibited goods includes fish, meat, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.