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Cooper halting Russian liquor sales and terminating contracts with Russian firms

Gov. Roy Cooper want state liquor stores to stop selling Russian vodka.
Gov. Roy Cooper want state liquor stores to stop selling Russian vodka.(WITN)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 4:59 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2022 at 5:39 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order affecting Russian liquor sales in response to Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.

Executive Order No. 251 directs state government agencies and departments to review their contracts and operations and terminate any agreements that directly benefit Russian entities.

The order includes alcohol sales, where the North Carolina ABC Commission is directed to review its list of approved products for any produced by Russian firms and to suspend the approval of those products as soon as possible.

Shortly after Cooper made the announcement, the state ABC Commission suspended the approval of Russian-produced products.

The order also includes purchase & contract, where the Department of Administration, Division of Purchase & Contract is told to terminate any contracts with Russian entities as soon as possible.

Three alcohol brands that would be affected are Hammer & Sickle, Beluga, and Russian Standard.

“The invasion of Ukraine is an attack on a free people. This order sends a strong message and helps ensure no public dollars or operations from North Carolina will benefit Russia and its unjustified aggression,” Cooper said.

The full executive order can be found here.

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