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Russia may ban all Ukraine food imports

Russia may suspend all food imports from Ukraine due to a trade deal with the European Union, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday (July 23). This follows a ban on some Ukrainian dairy products over alleged contamination.

MOSCOW: Russia may suspend all food imports from Ukraine due to a trade deal with the European Union, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday (July 23), citing a senior official. Kiev had signed an agreement on June 27 which offers free trade between Ukraine and EU.

This follows Moscow’s July 4 ban on some Ukrainian-made dairy products over alleged contamination and other violations. A Russian consumer protection watchdog had taken issue with the fatty acid content of the company's several cheeses and pointed to "microbial contamination" of its dairy products.

Critics accuse Russia of using import bans as political tools in times of disagreements.

Last year, Moscow banned chocolate produced by Roshen, a company controlled by Petro Poroshenko, who was elected Ukrainian president in May.

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