AGRICULTURE NEWS - In a bid to protect domestic winemaking, the Russian government has placed a ban on public bodies purchasing imported wine.
A statement by the Russian ministry of agriculture confirmed that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an official decree banning the purchase of foreign-made wines for official use.
This included all international “wines, sparkling wines, liqueur, and fruit wines”.
The ban would, however, not affect the importation and sale of foreign wine and liquor brands from commercial sales points such as in restaurants and liquor stores.
According to the statement, it was an attempt to protect Russian producers by ensuring that they were the sole source of wine for official government functions.