CHISINAU, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Pro-European authorities in Moldova on Friday dismissed as groundless a ban imposed by Russia on imports of its fruit and vegetables, the latest display of deteriorating relations between Moscow and the ex-Soviet state.
Russia’s farm goods oversight agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, said on Thursday it was reinstating restrictions last imposed in 2022. It cited “continuous, systematic observation of elements subject to quarantine” and said Moldovan authorities had taken no action to right the situation.
Moldova’s food safety agency ANSA said the restrictions, to take effect on Monday, had nothing to do with the quality of its goods. No other importing countries had filed complaints.
“The decision by the Russian authorities contradicts phytosanitary principles and is in no way grounded in real arguments,” it said in a statement. “Laboratory evidence underscores the absence of any…
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