Russia steps up customs checks on goods from Ukraine: officials

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian border guards have stepped up checks on goods entering from Ukraine, officials from the customs services and an agricultural inspection service said on Thursday.

"Russian customs have increased customs checks, acting on information about possible attempts to bring contraband in from Ukraine," said Dmitry Kotikov, a customs spokesman.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Tatyana Ustinova, writing by Thomas Grove)