Gennady Onishchenko, head of Russia's state consumer protection agency, says that Russia's ongoing African Swine Fever epidemic is due to economic sabotage perpetrated by neighbouring Georgia.
Onishchenko was quoted as saying: “ASF came to us from Georgia. First, of course, to Ossetia, and then to the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions.
“There are signs that this situation is artificially injected. It is economic sabotage.”
In 2006, Onishchenko initiated an injunction banning wine and mineral water imports from Georgia, two years before the five-day war between two countries.
Russia’s Krasnodar region, near several key Black Sea export ports, has been unable to eliminate African Swine Fever for the past three years.