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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Halts Wine Inspections

CHISINAU, Moldova -- Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin has ordered a halt to Russian inspections of Moldovan wineries, saying his state would no longer be treated as a "colony."

Russia last year banned key wine imports from Moldova and Georgia on grounds that much of the production was dangerous to consumers, while officials say the ban was a punishment for trying to move closer to the West.

"[The Federal Consumer Protection Service] will no longer be allowed into Moldova. Moldova is not a colony," Voronin told a television news program. "The mother country cannot simply come and conduct an audit of Moldovan wineries. You do not see them going to France, Italy or other countries to single out wines."