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Ukraine crisis: Russia steps up customs checks on goods

Published on Mar 20, 2014 7:26 PM
 
People hold a Crimean flag in front of Lenin's statue in the centre of Simferopol on March 18, 2014. Russian border guards have stepped up checks on goods entering from Ukraine, officials from the customs services and an agricultural inspection service said on Thursday, underlining tensions between the two countries. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian border guards have stepped up checks on goods entering from Ukraine, officials from the customs services and an agricultural inspection service said on Thursday, underlining tensions between the two countries.

Ties between Ukraine and Russia are at their lowest point since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Moscow has annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea and Kiev has threatened to retaliate, including introducing a visa regime for Russians.

"Russian customs have increased customs checks, acting on information about possible attempts to bring contraband in from Ukraine, including weapons," said Dmitry Kotikov, a customs spokesman.

 
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