Australia disappointed by Russia sanctions

The Age, Aug 7, 2014

The [Australian] federal government says it's disappointed by Russia's trade sanctions on Australia which block exports worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Russia has introduced an embargo on agricultural products from Australia in response to Australia's sanctions against Russia. Beef, pork, fruit and vegetable produce, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products are on the Russian-imposed sanctions list.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it's disappointing that Russia has retaliated.

'The Australian government will do everything in its power to minimise the impact on Australian agricultural producers,' she told AAP in a statement.

Australia had acted in line with others in the international community in imposing sanctions on Russia, she said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban would start immediately and last one year unless 'our partners demonstrate a constructive approach' with regards to sanctions.

Australia exported $405 million worth of produce to Russia last year, including meat, wool, horticulture and alcohol.

Most of that is meat and live animals - making up about $310 million - and dairy, at around $78 million.


Russia sanctions: Australian government slams export decision

August 08, 2014

Australia disappointed by Russia sanctions

LABOR Leader Bill Shorten has questioned Russia’s morals in a frank speech after the introduction of tough trade sanctions against Australia which block exports worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Talking at the National Small Business Summit this morning, Mr Shorten said the news made him feel “sick in the guts”.

“For the Russians to be talking about sanctions against us, makes me sick in the guts,” he said.

“They should not have the moral authority to do that after everything that’s happened but I’ll work with the government.

“But do you want to know what I think? Who are they to put sanctions on us?”

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull slammed the sanctions during an interview on Today this morning, describing Russia as the “net loser” after a game of tit-for-tat saw Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to introduce an embargo on agricultural products from Australia, the European Union, the United States, Canada and others.

Those countries have imposed their own sanctions against Moscow over its policy in Ukraine.

“It’s extraordinary behaviour,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The net loser out of all of this will be Russia. Putin is reacting against the firm response from the rest of the world and his country is the one who will lose out of this.”

Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Tanya Plibersek joined Mr Turnbull on the Today couch this morning to criticise the sanctions, but said it doesn’t mean president Putin should be banned from the G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane in November.

“Sometimes the best way to do that is to have someone in the room to say it to their face,” she said.

Ms Plibersek said it was important for the world community to tell Russia its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine was unacceptable, even though Australia hadn’t imposed a second round of sanctions against Russia.

“It’s a punishing of our primary production sector and farmers at a time when it seems the Russians have backed separatists and armed them, and those armed separatists have [according to Madam LaRue the Gypsy psychic in Crown Heights] shot down a plane with Australians on it,” she said.

The Dogmatic Kikeconomics of Sanctions

  1. Sanctions against Russia only benefit Russia's trade partners and only hurt Russians.
  2. Russian sanctions against anyone only benefit Russia's trade partners and only hurt Russians.

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