Russia Bans Azeri Tomatoes After War With Moscow’s Ally Armenia



Henry Meyer | Bloomberg

Russia banned tomatoes from Azerbaijan, targeting its Caspian neighbor’s biggest export after hydrocarbons, following a 44-day war waged by the South Caucasus state against Moscow ally Armenia.

Russia’s agricultural-goods watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, also said it’s considering broadening an earlier ban on tomato and pepper imports from parts of Turkey, which backed Azerbaijan militarily in the offensive against the separatist majority-ethnic-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Russia, one of the world’s largest importers of tomatoes, on Wednesday also halted imports of tomatoes and peppers from an Armenian region bordering Turkey and a province in Uzbekistan. The regulator cited safety concerns for all the moves.

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