The dairy industry in Lithuania has been hit with a ban on imports into neighbouring Russia. Announcing the move Moscow’s consumer protection agency pointed to quality concerns.
The sector is a vital source of income for the Baltic state and the Russian market accounts for around 85 percent of Lithuania’s total dairy exports.
It is the latest spat in an escalating row with Lithuania which currently holds the European Union presidency. It hosts a summit next month to promote closer ties with ex-Soviet states which are not members of the bloc. The EU is expected to sign a free trade agreement with Ukraine at the summit.
Moscow on the other hand has been building its own trade links with its former republics. The consumer protection agency has regularly denied the trade row has any geopolitical motives.