Moldovan authorities have rejected the recent ban imposed by Russia on the import of Moldovan fruit and vegetables, escalating tensions between the two nations. Russia's agricultural oversight agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, reinstated restrictions last imposed in 2022, citing the "continuous, systematic observation of elements subject to quarantine" and alleging that Moldova had taken no corrective action.

Moldova's food safety agency, ANSA, countered that the impending restrictions, scheduled for Monday implementation, are unrelated to the quality of Moldova's goods. ANSA asserted that no other importing countries had raised complaints and argued that Russia's decision contradicts phytosanitary principles, lacking substantial grounds. The agency emphasized that laboratory evidence supports the absence of harmful organisms in Moldovan products.