EU urges Russia to lift Polish meat import ban

The European Commissiion has revealed that Brussels had given Russia enough information on its concerns about Polish sanitary standards for Moscow to lift a meat import ban.

The European Commission has revealed that Brussels had given Russia enough information on its concerns about Polish sanitary standards for Moscow to lift a meat import ban.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Barroso, said: "We hope, we indeed expect, that the clarifications that have been provided by the European Commission experts...are clear for the Russian authorities to consider to lift their ban on meat and other exports from Poland to Russia."

Barroso was speaking at a joint new conference with Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who said he fully supported the EU executive's approach on the matter.

Earlier, a Commission official said the letter had been sent to Moscow ahead of a meeting in Cyprus on Saturday between the Russian agriculture minister Alexei Gordeyev and EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou on the issue.

Kyprianou hopes to reach a deal with Gordeyev to end Russia's 16-month ban on Polish meat imports which would kickstart talks between Brussels and Moscow on a new strategic partnership agreement. The Russian agriculture chief said on Wednesday the talks would be difficult.

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