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Russia Bans Georgian Mineral Water

Borjomi mineral water (Courtesy Photo) May 5, 2006 -- After banning imports of Georgian wines earlier this year, Russia has banned imports of Georgia's best-known brand of mineral water.

Russia's consumer protection agency said on May 4 it is banning the Borjomi mineral water on health grounds.

Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli said the ban was political, and that Moscow was seeking to punish Georgia for its pro-Western policies.

(Interfax, Reuters)