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Russia to lift Polish meat ban

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Russia to lift Polish meat ban


Russia is to lift its ban on Polish meat imports as of next week.
The move could lead to the ending of two-year- old row which has soured relations between Moscow, Warsaw and in turn the EU.

Agriculture ministers from both sides have agreed that Russian and Polish vets will sign a memorandum to vouchsafe the quality of the polish meat.

Back in November 2005, Russia banned the imports citing poor quality controls on the part of Poland which promptly dismissed the move calling it “politically motivated”.

Warsaw retaliated by blocking an EU-Russian pact that covers areas such as energy, human rights and trade.

But since the election of a new government in Poland headed by liberal Donald Tusk, relations seem to have thawed.

However, the ban will not be lifted on imports of poultry after an out break of bird flu in one Polish region.

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