Claiming inferior quality wine, Russia has banned all wine coming from Moldova or Georgia. This follows a ban on Meat and Dairy from Ukraine.
Russia’s chief public health official, Gennady Onishchenko, signed a letter on March 25 asking the head of the customs service not to allow wine from either country into Russia. Hundreds of railcars laden with bottles have been halted at the border, according to Moldovan Economy Minister Valery Lazar.
The officials have stated that the ban is in response to the pesticides that have been used on the grapes from Moldova. Moldova exports about 80% of its wine to Russia.