Optimism about EU-Russia meat row
The European Commission (EU) has high hopes the meat
dispute between Poland and Russia will end soon.
Brussels recently sent results of a series of inspections in Poland. "We hope
after this, the Russian ban will disappear soon," a Commission spokesman said on
Russia closed its borders for
Polish meat about a year ago, because the quality of the meat would be
This point of view worsened political relations between
Poland and Russia, as it caused the Poles to be not amused.
spring, the Polish prime minister vetoed a very important treaty between Russia
and the European Union.
Russia has been closing
its borders for foreign meat rather frequently.
At the moment, Brazil
is not able to export meat to Russia due to Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks in the country; German pork
was not welcome last year due to Classical Swine Fever outbreaks among wild
Last year, Russia also threatened to ban meat from the
European Union as the Russians claimed contaminated pork would enter the EU
through the accession of Bulgaria and Romania.
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