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In vino impedimentum: Moldova threatens to block Russia's WTO bid if it does not recind ban on Moldovan imports

Moldova announced on May 16 that it will veto Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) unless Moscow reconsiders a ban on the import of Moldovan wine. Octavian Calmic, Moldova's chief WTO negotiator, said: "The main problem is Russia's ban on the import from Moldova of alcoholic and agricultural products."

Russia banned the import of Moldovan and Georgian wines on March 27, claiming health and safety concerns.

Under WTO rules, Moldova can block Russia's membership.

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