Russia may lift ban on imports of breeding hogs from EU, Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor reported.
"Rosselkhoznadzor is studying the possibility of lifting the ban on imports of breeding hogs from European Union countries," the watchdog said.
This is possible "given agreement over veterinary certification and quarantine arrangements prior to shipment of the animals," it said.
Rosselkhoznadzor added that this was also possible after Russia's retaliatory sanctions are cancelled.
"Supplies of pork from the European Union will be made possible after a new form of the veterinary certificate is agreed upon, which will allow for scientifically founded regionalization and compartmentalization to take place on pork manufacturers as concerns African swine fever. EU countries such as Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are still in the serious risk zone," the statement says.
Rosselkhoznadzor is also not against agreeing on bilateral certificates with certain EU countries, as it did with China.
The watchdog said it was considering working out a new veterinary certificate as the only real way to resolve the situation that has been complicated by the spread of African swine fever in the EU and also by the EC's appeal to the WTO concerning the ban on European pork shipments. This must be done since "legal proceedings could drag on for many years," Rosselkhoznadzor said.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.