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The EU banned imports of Russian vodka last April (Photo: Ivan Zanotti)

Blood vodka? Russian firm opens distillery on EU doorstep

A factory in Montenegro has started making Russian vodka for export to the EU in a highly public test of its sanctions regime.

"We will be proud when Beluga Montenegro appears in shop windows all over the world," said Montenegro's prime minister Dritan Abazović at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the distillery in the town of Nikšić on Wednesday (12 April).

"See: Beluga Montenegro, look — produced, bottled in Montenegro. People around the world will be able to read it because their ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

The EU banned imports of Russian vodka last April (Photo: Ivan Zanotti)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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