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2014.04.04 11:11

Prime Minister says Russia’s ban on imports of Lithuanian meat products put in place for technical reasons

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.04 11:11

(BNS) Reasons behind Russia’s ban on imports of Lithuanian meat products are technical, Lithuania’s Prime Minister has said.

 (BNS) Reasons behind Russia’s ban on imports of Lithuanian meat products are technical, Lithuania’s Prime Minister has said.

Algirdas Butkevičius would not guess whether Russia could cancel the ban due to the European Commission’s (EC) decision to address the World Trade Organization (WTO) over this measure.

“We think that the reasons are technical and they should be addressed and I believe that other European Union’s (EU) countries think the same way. I had a chance to talk to other prime ministers and they think that those technical issues should be settled as soon as possible, ideally at the European Commission’s level,” he told the reporters after a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture and the country’s chief veterinary officer on Friday.

Asked whether the Commission’s decision to address the WTO could prompt Russia to recall the ban, he said that negotiations had to be held in the first place. “As far as the address to the World Trade Organization is concerned, this is preceded by 60 days of negotiations and if an agreement is found, there is no address made.”

Veterinary officers would be authorized to look for solutions to problems in cooperation with the Russian veterinary service, he added.

Egidijus Mackevičius, director of the Lithuanian Meat Processors’ Association, has said that Lithuania’s annual exports of pork products to Russia total approximately 170 million litas (EUR 49.3 mln).

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