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Ukraine's Roshen Chocolates To Return To Russian Market

Roshen chocolates on display at a shop in Moscow in July
Russian health officials say the products of Ukraine's Roshen confectionary will be allowed back into the Russian market early next year because alleged health violations have been corrected.

Russian health inspectorate acting head Anna Popova said on December 24 that the issues are being resolved.

In July, Russian officials banned Roshen's products for a range of "systemic violations" of health norms.

Many analysts, however, believe the action was taken to punish Kyiv for its pro-European Union policies, which were supported by Roshen owner Petro Poroshenko.

In November, Kyiv suspended talks with the EU over an Association Agreement and earlier this month, Moscow agreed to buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds.

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Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS