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Moscow To Ease Embargo On Ukrainian Chocolates

A production line inside Ukraine's Roshen chocolate factory.

A production line inside Ukraine's Roshen chocolate factory.

Moscow says it will begin lifting its embargo on candy from Ukraine’s leading confectioner, Roshen.

Russia’s consumer protection service, Rospotrebnadzor, says Roshen will again be permitted to send its products to Russia as long as Ukrainian sanitary authorities check each batch.

Rospotrebnadzor also said that Russian and Ukrainian sanitary authorities have agreed to further discuss "ensuring due quality and consumer safety regarding Ukrainian goods."

Russia banned imports from Roshen in late July, saying samples did not meet sanitary standards.

The move coincided with other economic measures imposed by Russia upon Ukraine as Kyiv considered signing a free-trade deal with the European Union, which Moscow opposes.

Kyiv told Brussels last week it would not sign the deal at an EU summit due to open in Vilnius on November 29.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax