Vladimir and Vladimir Agree, Russia to Import Moldovan Wine Again

President Vladimir Putin of Moscow met last week with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, and agreed to lift the ban that had been placed on Moldova’s wine.  This ban, which was imposed on March 25th, 2006, had a huge impact on the Moldovan wine industry, which relied on Russia for 60 – 80% of it’s exports. The original reason sited for the ban was pesticides, but apparently, the issue is a little deeper than that.

Putin’s ties with Voronin soured in 2003 when Moldova bowed to Western pressure and nationalists at home, refusing to sign a Russian-brokered deal to settle a conflict with rebels in its breakaway Transdnestr region.

Read [St.Petersburg Times.com]