Tests showed excess levels of phthalate and bifenazate in some of the wines, according to the watchdog, named Rospotrebnadzor.
But, several media, including the Moscow Times, linked the timing of the ban with worsening political tension between Russia and US – particularly over Ukraine.
Russia has a description of banning food and wine imports from nations it is in political dispute with.
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Earlier this month, Russian officials appeared to re-start an
Georgia’s ministry of agriculture retaliated by defending standards in its wine industry, saying that wines were sent to laboratories for rigorous testing.
In December 2014, Rospotrebnadzor said it had suspended 3,000 litres of wine from sale – most of it believed to be from Georgia and Bulgaria – because it either disastrous quality tests or came with the incorrect papers.
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