U.S. athletes, as do many, use high-protein yogurt in their training diets. But Russia will not allow the large shipment of yogurt to be sent to Sochi without the proper paperwork. U.S. officials say it's not possible.
According to this morning's New York Times, "After beginning as a breakfast-table squabble, the dairy drama is quickly escalating.
"The Obama administration has intervened, seeking to clear the way for the delivery. A United States senator fired off an urgent letter to the Russian ambassador, asking for his help.
"American officials are hoping to receive a special dispensation from the Russian agency Rosselkhoznadzor, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, whose jurisdiction includes American-made Greek yogurt. ...
"Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington, said there would be no special treatment just because the yogurt was bound for American lips. 'We are a lawful country,' he said. 'You should follow the rules.'"
-- Phillip Tutor