Texas And Ohio Governors ‘Boycott’ Russian Products, Liquor Stores And Bars Are ‘Removing’ Russian Vodka From Shelves

Vodka is one of Russia’s most recognizable products, and now Canadian liquor outlets are being asked to cease selling it due to Russian sanctions. Canada’s Finance Minister has directed the provincial Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to remove vodka and other alcoholic beverages from outlets in Russia.

“Ontario joins Canada’s friends in denouncing Russia’s government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and will urge the LCBO to remove all Russian-made items from shop shelves,” the province’s Liberal Party leader tweeted. Russian items will be withdrawn from roughly 700 outlets throughout Ontario, according to Canada’s Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). “Ontario and the LCBO can’t claim to be standing with Ukraine while continuing to be Putin’s customer,” said Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca.

According to the reports, as a “protest against the aggressiveness,” liquor merchants and bars in the United States plan to remove bottles of Russian vodka off their shelves. In addition, the outlets intended to promote Ukrainian vodka more conspicuously. “The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation has decided to ban Russian-origin items from its shelves,” the NLC Liquor Store said on Twitter.

Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas (D) urged Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to “order the immediate withdrawal of all Russian vodka and other Russian items from our ABC shops.” Governor Mike DeWine has asked the Ohio Department of Commerce to “stop both the purchase and sale of all Russian Standard Vodka.”

According to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, around 6,400 bottles of Russian Standard Vodka are presently available at the state’s 487 liquor stores. As a protest against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has asked shops to remove all Russian items off their shelves. “Texas stands with Ukraine,” Abbott tweeted.