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Crimean watchdog says orders return of six Ukrainian food trucks

October 05, 2015, 11:16 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
The vehicles heading to Crimea from Ukraine carried more than 19 tonnes of plant products, agricultural watchdog said. All the goods had no documents confirming their safety
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SIMFEROPOL, October 5. /TASS/. Crimea’s agricultural watchdog said on Monday it has ordered the return of six Ukrainian vehicles that entered the peninsula’s territory despite the so-called food blockade launched by Ukrainian activists.

The vehicles heading to Crimea from Ukraine carried more than 19 tonnes of plant products, Rosselkhoznadzor said. All the goods had no documents confirming their safety.

"All the quarantine products were returned to the territory of the adjacent state by the decision of the department," the press service of the agricultural watchdog has said.

Last week, Russian border guards detained two trucks with bootleg alcohol traveling from Ukraine to Crimea via the Armyansk international automobile border-crossing point. Some 40 tons of vodka, wine, cognac and whiskey made in Ukraine were seized.

On September 20, supporters of former Crimean deputy premier Lenur Islyamov, Verkhovna Rada deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev and leader of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine Refat Chubarov went on a so-called food blockade of Crimea, restricting movement of trucks with goods across border checkpoints. They were also joined by members of the Right Sector group.

Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov compared Ukraine’s blockade of the peninsula with a comedy, as goods from the neighboring state account for no more than five percent of the Russian region's market.

The Crimean head said Ukraine’s organizers of the blockade would soon take money for allowing the trucks to the peninsula. "This is an old scheme, nothing changes," Aksyonov said.

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