Russia’s prime minister recently declared a country-wide ban on agricultural imports from the United States and European Union countries, in response to sanctions from Western countries over Russia’s treatment of Ukraine. The ban on western agricultural goods (which includes fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy) will go into effect immediately and last a year, according to the Spirits Business.
Russia is Euope’s second largest market for food and drink, especially whiskey, as younger Russian’s venture away from vodka. Apparently, young Russians love Scotch in particular. Currently, spirits are exempt from the agricultural ban, but western distillers and distributors are concerned that they will soon be included in the agricultural ban.