Russia has no plans to limit grain exports - Dvorkovich

Russia has no plans to limit exports of grains this year, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has said.

"There are no such plans," he wrote on his twitter in response to a post from one producer who wrote: "They say that the issue is being decided by either shutting down or introducing duties on grain exports".

Agricultural Minister Nikolai Fyodorov earlier said that there are no plans for placing restrictions on grain exports form Russia. The ministry sees no pre-conditions for returning to such measures such as an embargo on grain exports from Russia, he said in June.

"We don't see any preconditions for scaring people with an embargo or any other types of leverage and instruments," he said.

The option for introducing duties on grain exports, if total exports go over a set limit, has been discussed since the end of last year. For instance, the head of the Russian Grain Union, Arkady Zlochevsky, said that involved agencies had discussed the possibility of introducing duties effective April 1 but this was not done.

It was earlier reported that Russia introduced a "grain embargo" effective August 15, 2010 in order to protect the domestic market from the effects of that year's drought. The embargo was in place until July 1, 2011.

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