Russia gets tough on Moldovan wine

Russia gets tough on Moldovan wine

Russian consumer protection authorities are threatening to renew a ban on Moldovan wine, which the exporting country claims is purely political.

Russia’s chief sanitary inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, was reported earlier this week as saying “Moldovan wine should be used to paint fences”.

Russian customs officials this month impounded 170,000 bottles of Moldovan wine, claiming it contained too much dibutyl phthalate and metalaxyl. Authorities have warned they may ban imports by August.

Moldova’s agriculture minister Valeriu Cosarchuc has rebutted the claim, reportedly telling journalists that 52% of Moldovan wine exports are to “the European Union and other countries and we never had such problems”.

Moldovan officials have speculated that Russia became upset after Moldovan President Mihai Ghimpu designated 28 June ‘the Day of Soviet Occupation’.