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Russia up to old trick of banning Georgian wines

Russia is up to their old trick of banning Georgian wines as anti-Russian protesters cause Russia to impose a fresh ban.

Russia has banned the sale of Georgian products, including wine, for public safety grounds. A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the controls were “not politically motivated”, and he then said that the ban would be removed “once Georgia returns to a non-Russophobic vector”.

70% of Georgian wine is exported to Russia and Russia banned imports in 2006 over a similar public safety concern to pressure Georgia to change its alliance to the west and NATO.