News / Asia

Australia Slams Russia's ‘Retaliatory’ Sanctions

FILE - Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks to journalists during a news briefing in Kyiv, July 28, 2014. FILE - Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks to journalists during a news briefing in Kyiv, July 28, 2014.
x
FILE - Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks to journalists during a news briefing in Kyiv, July 28, 2014.
FILE - Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks to journalists during a news briefing in Kyiv, July 28, 2014.
Phil Mercer

Australia has issued a stern statement following Russia’s decision to impose sanctions on a range of western countries.

In Canberra, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called it “disappointing” that Russia has not addressed international concerns over its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.

Moscow’s sanctions on agricultural products are targeting mainly the United States and the European Union, but the punitive measures also affect other nations, including Australia, Canada and Norway.
 
Canberra has previously imposed a range of sanctions against Russia over its support of pro-Russian separatists in the conflict in Ukraine. Among them is a travel ban.  Now Moscow has responded with trade sanctions that will last a year.
 
In a statement, Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said it was “disappointing” that Russia had imposed sanctions, rather than take decisive action to stop the supply of heavy weapons to separatists, including missile systems “believed to have been used in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.”
 
Australia Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the government will do what it can to minimize the impact of trade restrictions on farmers.  “The Australian people have a right to make a statement about what they see as an action that is wrong. And Mr. Medvedev has a different view and that's his right and he has a responsibility to the Russian people. And we have a responsibility to the Australian people.  And I know that this is something that is going to cause a bit of hardship in the country for rural producers but we will try our very best to work around it and find alternate markets,” she stated.
 
Australia exports more than $370 million in agricultural products to Russia each year, including beef, butter and live animals.
 
Overall, two-way trade between Australia and Russia in 2013 was worth about $1.65 billion.
 
In a fiery news conference Friday, Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused Russia of trying to bully Ukraine.  Mr. Abbott said if President Vladimir Putin wanted to be regarded as a world leader “instead of an international outcast” he had to order his forces not to intervene in the Ukrainian conflict.
 
The prime minister also said that Australia is considering strengthening its own sanctions against Russia.

You May Like

Turkey's Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men

Speaking at conference in Istanbul, President Erdogan says Islam has defined a position for women: motherhood More

Ahead of SAARC Summit, Subdued Expectations

Some regional analysts say distrust between Pakistani, Indian officials has slowed SAARC's progress over the year More

Philippines Leery of Development on Reef Reclamation in S. China Sea

Chinese land reclamation projects in area have been ongoing for years, but new satellite imagery reportedly shows China’s massive construction project More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
by: chester from: Canada
August 08, 2014 4:03 PM
Stop whining! If you can do it to Russia why can't they do it to you?
This kind of propaganda doesn't pass the smell test!

In Response

by: Monty from: Jacksonville
August 09, 2014 5:33 PM
Russia's convictions are for a Soviet era status. A status with little rights seeing as how they are making more and more rules with the internet and being aggressive with those that speak out.

Russia doesn't care for freedom. They don't care for rights. Russia wants to have it both ways. They are a threat to world peace. Sorry but I think most countries have closer agendas with the US. The principles of Western countries are more mature than Russia that acts like a bully that tries to punishes those that punishes them when they are those being bad in the first place.

Russia doesn't deserve to be a part of the UN. You might as well make North Korea a part. Russia has always played their veto vote as a prop against the West. Always.

In Response

by: Czechabroad from: CA
August 08, 2014 6:11 PM
Sergei Lavrov couple of days ago: "Russia will not retaliate with sanctions of its own or fall into hysterics. To fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country."

I guess because Russia pretends to be a major country...

In Response

by: dude from: Perth
August 08, 2014 5:34 PM
all in all it seems that the Russian embargo is a measured response of a country which has a consistent foreign policy based on strong convictions, unlike the weaker countries such as Australia and Canada blindly follow orders from the US, don't you agree


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 08, 2014 2:04 PM
Garbage, garbage, garbage. Australia blames Russia while at the same time thinking of including its own sanctions. So what did Australia want Russia to do, fold hands and watch the barrage of sanctions land on its shores without a response? That's a fallacy. Nobody gave Obama a permission to do what USA is doing in Iraq today. In a way, some people still think it is wrong to strike ISIS, isn't it? Likewise, you Australians and Europe think Russia was wrong in taking its own Crimea, but is your opinion world opinion? If it were, it would be decided at the UN floor, but it wasn't, was it? All in all, the gainer, the one to reap its fall out and benefits is China. Fortunately or unfortunately, China can produce certain goods and services that the West needs, but China cannot absorb all the goods and services that Russia sources from the West despite its larger population. At the end it is China producing more of what is needed to replace Russia's deficit, but China will not buy as much from all these as Russia would buy. And talking about proximity to China's market, does Russia have an advantage over Europe or vice versa? Will this give a leap in growth to China's GDP for the period? I guess so, marginally though.

In Response

by: Ade
August 09, 2014 7:11 AM
It is quite depressing reading such a comment in this platform from a citizen of my country.

In Response

by: Abram from: USA
August 09, 2014 2:43 AM
Perhaps it will be better if we start responding to raised issues with reason and without the name-calling.

In Response

by: Irina from: Omsk
August 09, 2014 2:10 AM
Are you sure that Russia is selling and providing weapons to those people who are killing innocent people?!? ...well, sorry, but you are a crazy person!Russia wants the peace in Ukraine!!!!But Washington and EU don't give a damn about anything!!! And as for bombing Islamic Extremists by US in Northern Iraq it is a stupid excuse to seize oil !!!!Ukraine and its "friends" who are real criminal accessories to genocide against the Russian people.

In Response

by: will from: 1040W
August 08, 2014 7:25 PM
Are you a militant of those ISIS murderers to act in a way like you are and advocate for them?......if this situation was taking place in your country.....and it looks like it is really happening now......would you plead to your congress or to the world to "please help, please help" to stop the genocide, like that courageous woman did?......would you care where the help would come from especially if the big and powerful countries, russia for one, did not give a damn especially if they are selling and providing weapons to those people who are killing merciless innocent people and violating the basic and elemental rights of human decency and life?.......one thing we can read from your insensitive and senseless comment is that you are another radical muslim who is disgracing the good willed and charitable muslims (and I know a bundle) who would even give their own life to help others......the world has seen enough of these killing butchers who are a true chilling menace to this world.

Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Changei
X
November 24, 2014 10:09 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid