Moldova: Can an Apple a Day Keep Russia at Bay?

A woman sells fruits and vegetables in a weekend market near Moscow's Frunzenskaya Metro Station in February 2013. Last month Russia imposed an embargo on agricultural products from Moldova, possibly as a retaliation for Moldova’s free-trade deal with the EU. (Photo: David Trilling)

With apple-picking season underway in Moldova, Vasile Nitrean, a farmer in Soroca, a northeastern town near the Ukrainian border, says he has “big problems.” For the past 15 years, he has sold his crop to Russian buyers.

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Victoria Puiu is a journalist who writes for the weekly newspaper Timpul (Times) in Chișinău, Moldova.

Moldova: Can an Apple a Day Keep Russia at Bay?

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