Russia is considering a move to restrict import quotas of European Union dairy products such as butter and cheese, EU officials have reported.
The consideration is being made to protect the country's booming dairy industry in the home market, where a number of the larger players have shown remarkable growth in recent years.
The proposals have not been confirmed by the Russian government yet, but EU officials did confirm that they had had an indication of the intention to introduce the quotas - a Reuters report said. The report said the quotas would include EU cheese and butter, which is currently subsidised.
The EU has previously protested over Russia's meat quotas which are currently in place to block out the threat of competitively priced EU meats from flooding the Russian market. And a similar spat now looks likely to unfold for the dairy segment.
The Reuters report also pointed out that one of the country's likely to be hit badly by any possible trading sanctions on dairy produce is Finland. It currently exports some 38,000 tonnes of butter to third countries every year.