Few EU countries may resume pork supplies to Russia after real regionalization - Rosselkhoznadzor

A number of European Union countries could resume pork supplies to Russia and the Customs Union after a real, not formal, regionalization is held, Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, said.

A number of European Union countries could resume pork supplies to Russia and the Customs Union after a real, not formal, regionalization is held, Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, said.

This was stated during a meeting of Rosselkhoznadzor Chief Sergei Dankvert and Polish Ambassador to Russia Wojciech Zajaczkowski held in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russian watchdog said.

The measures to regionalize the African swine fever (ASF) proposed by the European Commission are inadequate and inefficient, Rosselkhoznadzor said. According to Russian experts, pork supplies from Baltic counties and Poland should be restricted and products from these regions should not be exported and supplied to other EU countries.

As of now, the ban applies to just several Lithuanian regions, where the ASF was registered.

"The risks have grown lately due to the political instability in Ukraine, which could affect the work of the national veterinary service," Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.

At the same time, pork supplies could be resumed from countries and some German regions, which are far away from ASF outbreaks, following a real regionalization, Rosselkhoznadzor said. However, the situation is complicated by persistent unwillingness of the European Commission to have direct contact with the Eurasian Economic Commission, the document said.

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