Russia, Bulgaria: 'a Mutual Political Vengeance'

Views on BG | September 4, 2015, Friday // 10:55
Bulgaria: Russia, Bulgaria: 'a Mutual Political Vengeance' A print screen of the Russian food safety agency's message that announced the ban on imports of products certified in Bulgaria

Russia is still angry at Bulgaria after the latter "canceled South Stream", a Russian consumers' union official has said.

His comments come a day after Moscow banned imports of all food products that have a phytosanitary certificate prepared in Bulgaria on suspicions that the documents are "fake".

Evgeniy Myasin, who co-chairs the union, is heard telling reporters of Pravda.ru website in a phone conversation:

"They [Bulgarians] tried to explain: We didn't just ban, we suspended [South Stream], because one has to understand there are certain requirements of the European Union that might be violated." But all of this is just excuses."

Surprisingly, however, Pravda.ru begins its report with the claim that "earlier Sofia admitted the documents signed by it were counterfeited" - a statement Bulgaria has never made officially.

Moscow has been voicing over the past months it concerns that many EU member states are trying to go around a ban on food products imports introduced last August by labeling goods made in member states as for example Mexican or Brazilian.

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