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MOSCOW, July 31 Russia's consumer protection
watchdog said on Thursday it had stopped imports of Ukrainian
juice, Moscow's latest trade ban announced following new Western
sanctions over Ukraine.
A day after banning imports of fruit and vegetables from
Poland in what Warsaw said was retaliation for the sanctions,
Russia's Rospotrebnadzor said imports of Ukrainian juice had
been suspended on July 29 "to protect the rights of consumers".
"Ukrainian juice products had not undergone state
registration for compliance with the technical regulations of
the Customs Union," it said, referring to the trade union of
several former Soviet states that Russian President Vladimir
Putin had hoped Ukraine would one day join.
It said the ban included juice destined for children's fruit
The European Union and United States imposed sanctions aimed
at broad sectors of Russia's economy this week, restricting
sales of equipment for oil and defence sectors and limiting
access by state banks to Western capital markets.
On Wednesday, Brussels also named more officials, allies of
Putin, and companies put under sanctions.
Russia quickly targeted Poland, part of the Soviet bloc
until just over two decades ago and a strident supporter of
increased sanctions on Russia, with a ban on most fruit and
vegetables which Warsaw said was politically motivated.
It is not the first time Ukraine, and other former Soviet
states hoping to join Western organisations, have been slapped
with trade bans by Russia.
Moscow, which made clear to Kiev that trade would suffer if
it signed agreements with the EU, banned all dairy supplies from
Ukraine earlier this month, citing a lack of quality control.
Last year Russia banned imports of sweets from the Roshen
factory belonging to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,
saying a carcinogenic substance had been found in its chocolate.
Imports of meat from Moldova, which has signed a free-trade
and political cooperation agreement with the EU, have also been
(Reporting by Polina Devitt, writing by Elizabeth Piper,
editing by Timothy Heritage)