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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bill Bans Latvian Trade

MOSCOW -- The State Duma passed a law Tuesday slapping a trade ban on Baltic neighbor Latvia, though political analysts expect President Boris Yeltsin to veto it.

The law, passed in a second reading, foresees forcing the Russian government, companies and individuals to halt all trade with Latvia, which many politicians in Moscow accuse of discriminating against its Russian-speaking population.

"[It is forbidden] to export and import any goods to and from the Republic of Latvia, excluding supplies of medicines and other goods in the form of humanitarian aid," the law says.