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You're reading: New Eastern Europe: Is Russia’s trade war Ukraine’s golden ticket to the EU?

After claiming to find traces of the carcinogen benzopyrene in Ukrainian sweets, Russia’s consumer standards agency, Rospotrebnadzor, stopped the import of chocolates from Ukraine’s infamous Roshen company, which garners about 40 million US dollars in profit from the Russian market per year. The confectioner’s other top markets – Moldova, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus – continued to import the chocolate, however, as they found no evidence of carcinogens.

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