Russian ban on fruit imports bewilders Moldovan government

Moldovan president Maia Sandu has called the Russian food safety agency’s decision to ban fruit imports from Moldova, but not from the breakaway region of Transnistria ‘incomprehensible’. She stated on Wednesday that she does not understand why Russia imposed a new embargo on Moldovan fruits on August 15, as her country’s goods meet EU quality standards that are higher than Russian standards.

Russia announced last week that it would block products from certain locations in Moldova, not including the Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria, on the pretext that they are contaminated by pests and plant diseases.

The Moldovan Agriculture Ministry is negotiating with the Russians, but at the same time, the government will look for other markets for the country’s fruit.


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