posted on Jun, 5 2011 @ 08:45 PM
Felt that this was worth adding:
Putin Will Not Let Russians Be Poisoned for WTO "Spirit"
June 4, 2011 • 4:40PM
Russia had at first blocked vegetable imports from Spain and Germany in response to the deadly E. coli outbreak centered in Hamburg. Then, when the
German government reversed its initial finding that organic Spanish cucumbers had caused the infection, Russia blocked vegetable imports from the
The EU protested, and Fernando Valenzuela, its representative in Moscow, said that Russia should reverse the ban to comply with the spirit of WTO
rules — this even though Russia's application for WTO membership has not yet been accepted.
Prime Minister Putin responded to the accusation that Russia was violating the spirit of the WTO, by saying on state television, "I openly admit I
don't know what spirit [the ban] is contradicting. But when people are dying from eating cucumbers, there is something really fishy going
"People really are dying because of eating these products, and we cannot let our people get poisoned for the sake of some kind of spirit," he
It's really hard to get Putin to drink the KOOLAID (or bean sprouts for that matter)!