Russia blames Georgia for swine fever in its south

By REUTERS
April 9, 2012 16:49

MOSCOW - Russia blames Georgia for bringing African Swine Fever (ASF) into Southern Russia, the head of Russian state consumer protection agency Gennady Onishchenko told reporters on Monday.

Onishchenko initiated an injunction banning wine and mineral water imports from Georgia in 2006, two years before the five-day war between two countries.

"ASF came to us from Georgia. First, of course, to Ossetia, and then to the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions. There are signs that this situation is artificially injected," Rospotrebnadzor head Gennady Onishchenko was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax.

"It is economic sabotage," he added.


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