Russian threat to quit meat imports
Russia has threatened not to allow EU meat imports as
from January 1st, 2007.
Sergey Dankwert, Russian veterinary spokesman, said that the entry of
Bulgaria and Romania was the cause of this threat as in these countries both pig
and sheep diseases are still common, Dow Jones Newswires reported.
Dankwert was quoted to say that his country fears illegal meat could
eventually travel into Russia after having obtained fake documents in other EU
countries. Russia therefore requires guarantees this will not happen.
Both Russian and European veterinary specialists will meet later in the
week to discuss the matter.
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