End to Russian import threats
Russia has lifted its threats of closing its borders for all EU meat. The
European Commission and Russia signed a contract to seal this
Russia threatened to close its borders as a consequence of both Bulgaria and
Romania entering the European Union. The Russians feared that through the EU
infected meat would enter the country.
The deal guarantees that both
Romania and Bulgaria will apply EU
Talks in Berlin also focused on the
issue of Russia blocking any Polish meat imports.
commissioner Markos Kyprianou had hoped to see the year-long ban of Polish meat
However, the Russian agriculture minister Alexei Gordeyev
could only say Russia needed time to examine documents and might send experts to
assess the situation in Poland.
Polish meat processing companies have
not been able to export meat to Russia in the last year - first the country's
companies would not meet Russian requirements, later Moscow claimed transports
through Poland were not meeting the standards.
conflict led to Poland blocking a new EU treaty with Russia - important for the
Union as it would continue to guarantee oil and gas from
Russia said trade restrictions will continue to be
implemented should quality requirements not be met. For that reason controls in
the border regions will be increased.
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