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Russia bans food imports from Bulgaria over forged certificates

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Russia has banned imports of all agricultural produce from Bulgaria as of September 1 over forged certificates from the EU country, Russia's agriculture watchdog said.

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A wide range of food imports from Bulgaria is already subject to Russia's food embargo, which Russia introduced last year in response to Western sanctions imposed on the country over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

The new restrictions were introduced after Bulgaria acknowledged that a number of export and re-export agricultural certificates were false, agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.

Rosselkhoznadzor has imposed a temporary ban on all agricultural imports and re-exports from Bulgaria.

In the first half of this year, imports from Bulgaria to Russia totaled $211.5 million, 33.6 percent less than in the first six months of 2014. Bulgaria made up 0.65 percent of EU imports to Russia in the first half of this year, the RBC newspaper reported, citing data from Russia's Federal Customs Service.

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