Russia wants no meat, milk from Europe

Citing the fact of seven foot-and-mouth seats in the Netherlands having grown into 20 over the recent period, Valery Zakharov, deputy director of the Russian animal-protection research centre, said that lifting the ban on the import of meat-and-milk products from Europe would be premature. It is even too early to make any relevant forecast. According to the Russian veterinary service, the ban can be lifted within 21 days after the last lethal foot-and-mouth case among the animals. It is since March 26 that meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, fish and fish products, livestock raw materials and fodder as well as live animals have been forbidden by the veterinary service to be brought to Russia. After some restrictions were mitigated on April 9, certain types of manufactures products from Eastern Europe, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as fish from Norway and Iceland are allowed to be exported to Russia.

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