Russia has imposed restrictions on diesel and petrol exports to bring domestic prices under control.

The government described the measures as “temporary”. They follow rising pump prices and complaints by farmers that diesel shortages were threatening harvests.

“The temporary restrictions should assist in saturating the fuel market, which should in turn reduce prices for consumers,” the government said.

The decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin does not include exports for “international humanitarian assistance” or to support its military units “on the territories of foreign states”.