Russia, France Strike Deal on Champagne Dispute

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France’s and Russia’s agriculture ministries have struck an agreement on how to handle the champagne dispute, according to French Agriculture and Food Minister Julien Denormandie, RIA reported.

From September 15th, the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne has decided to restart the supply of champagne to Russia. According to Agence France-Presse, co-chairman of the group Jean-Marie Barillier, French wineries would abide by the new Russian regulation.

During the G20 Agriculture Ministers Conference, bilateral discussions with Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sergei Levin were held. Both parties agreed on a work technique to clarify the new Russian law on wine goods and find a solution to the current problem with our champagne, he said on his Twitter page.

After amending the regulation of champagne turnover in Russia, the Russian Federation’s government permitted importers of wine products to not modify the name of commodities in applications for getting stamps for the sale of alcohol in Russia at the end of August.

After learning of a new Russian law amending the control of the manufacture and circulation of wine goods in Russia, deliveries of French champagne to Russia were halted in July 2021. The changes, in particular, limit the use of the term “champagne” to drinks manufactured on Russian soil, while imported alcoholic beverages are referred to as “sparkling wine.”