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Russia stopped imports of banned EU fruit via Belarus

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Russia' food sanitation watchdog has found evidence that exporters are attempting to ship imports of banned European fruit and tomatoes to Russia through Belarus.

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The agency's chief threatened to restrict imports from Belarus if it does not block the back-door channel.

Watchdog officials, whom Moscow dispatched to Belarus last week in a bid to prevent banned imports crossing the border, detected shipments of peaches, apples, plums and tomatoes bound for Russia from EU countries, agency head Sergei Dankvert said, ITAR-Tass reported.

Mr. Dankvert said Belarus was responsible for ensuring shipments heading over its border to Russia did no

Inspectors identified several shipments of fruit in Belarus that listed their country of origin as outside the EU, such as Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia or a number of African nations, but on closer inspection they established the imports came from Poland, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Lithuania and some other EU countries, the report said.

Other shipments were not accompanied by any supporting documentation at all, Mr. Dankvert said, ITAR-Tass reported.

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