US response to Russian pork import reduction
Senator Tom Harkin has issued the following statement in response to an
announcement by the Russian government of their intention to reduce their global quota for pork
imports by 40 percent, which would in turn reduce US trade under
Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
“I am disappointed at the decision of the government
of Russia to seek to unilaterally modify terms of the 2005 Meat Agreement
between the United States and the Russian Federation.
“If Russia indeed
carries through with this decision it will undoubtedly cut off US pork and
poultry exports that would otherwise go to Russia. US pork producers are
especially vulnerable since the US is currently the second largest source for
Russian pork imports.
“This decision violates the terms of the 2005 Meat
Agreement, which requires that changes be mutually agreed by both parties, and
that is certainly not the case here. I hope the Russian Federation will rethink
this decision, and that our own government will take all reasonable steps to
obtain a reversal of the decision.”Click here for
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