Russia Not Ready Yet To Fully Lift Embargo On Polish Meat

MOSCOW - Russia is not ready yet to fully lift an embargo on import of Polish meat, Presidential Envoy for the relations with the European Union Sergei Yastzhembsky told a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
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Nonetheless, Moscow has partly met Poland halfway, allowing imports of cattle from Poland. he said. "We have no doubt in respect to this product. We have given it a green light," he said.

"We had been expected to fully lift the embargo, but we are not ready to do that yet. Our concerns have not been fully understood, although Russia is not the only country to admit the existence of a problem," Yastrzhembsky said.

The European Association for Logistics and Customs services, that incorporates more than 20,000 companies and ensures transportation of 95 percent of European cargoes, has inspected sea port terminals and warehouses at the request of Polish producers. As a result of the inspections it was established that 20 percent of meat products kept there were intended for Russia, but these products were not produced on the territory of Poland, Yastrzhembsky said.

Source: ItarTass
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