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Russia destroys 1.6 tons of food belonging to German racing team

Luke Graham, special to CNBC

Russia's food fight with the West continued this week when Rosselkhoznadzor, the country's food and agriculture watchdog, confiscated and destroyed 1.6 metric tons of German supplies intended for BMW's motor racing team.

Authorities of the Tver and Pskov regions confiscated and incinerated the food, which included 836 kilograms of fruit and vegetables, on the Russian border on Tuesday because it lacked the correct documentation, according to a press release on the watchdog's website.

The food was intended for drivers taking part in the 11th and 12th rounds of the German DTM motor races, which are being held in Moscow this weekend.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
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According to the Russia's state news agency, which reported the news this week, the German team always bring its own food to events and the DTM races are famous for offering authentic German cuisine.

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Russian authorities have cracked down on imports of Western foods in reaction to sanctions placed on the country. These sanctions were enforced following Russia's incursion in neighboring Ukraine in 2014.

Earlier this month, Russian authorities were criticised for broadcasting the destruction of 30 tons of confiscated cheese, despite rising poverty in the country as poor citizens struggle Russiawith the increasing price of food.

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