Embargo imposed by Russia on agricultural products from the Republic

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Russia has decided to ban, from August 15, imports of agricultural products from 31 regions (out of a total of 34) from the Republic of Moldova, Reuters and Digi24 inform.

The announcement was made by Russia’s food safety directorate, which said it was forced to impose the restrictions “due to the repeated detection of potentially harmful products”.

The Russian Federation has a long tradition of imposing an embargo on agricultural products in trade disputes with other states, Reuters notes.

The Republic of Moldova reduced its fruit exports to Russia as a result of logistical complications and increased transport prices caused by the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The Republic of Moldova managed to export to Russia 168,000 tons of agricultural products, mainly apples, plums and grapes, this year, according to the Interfax agency.

The embargo imposed on agricultural products from the Republic of Moldova comes a few days after the Chisinau authorities announced that they want to reduce the consumption of gas imported from Russia.

“We have to learn how to save. We believe that the Republic of Moldova can save 15% of its gas consumption, just like the countries of the European Union”, said Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spînu, adding that the government in Chisinau is preparing for various scenarios, including the complete stoppage of gas supply by Gazprom.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spînu, a good alternative for natural gas is fuel oil, which could be delivered by Romania. Estimates show that the Republic of Moldova would need 216,000 tons of fuel oil for the period October 2022-April 2023.