RUSSIA: Moldova wine ban to be lifted
The import ban for Moldovan wine will be lifted, according to reports.
Speaking last Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin said: "The Russian government has sent appropriate instructions about the delivery of Moldovan wine on to the Russian market."
Russia imposed a ban on wine from Moldova after claiming wine from the former Soviet state contained pesticides. Politicians in Moldova claimed the ban was politically motivated and had nothing to do with the quality of the country's wine.
They previously argued that Russia enacted the ban in support of Trans-Dniester, a breakaway Moldovan province that wants closer ties with Moscow.
Putin added: "I believe we have much to discuss on other issues, including political ones, primarily settlement in Trans-Dniestria."
Russia also imposed a ban on wine imports from Georgia, which faced a year-long Russian boycott after it took steps to leave Moscow's orbit.
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