Russia to ban apples from Serbia?

MOSCOW – Russian oversight body for import of agricultural products “Roselkoznadzor” said that it is worried over the significant increase in exports of apples from Serbia and proposed that consultation should be held on the matter.

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During the analysis of the amount of products coming to Russia from Serbia, a significant increase was noted in the quantity of apples. Therefore, “Roselkoznadzor” asked competent Serbian authorities to hold consultations, it was published on the body’s website.

In January this year, “Roselkoznadzor” said they believe that Serbia is drawn into illegal trade of apples, pears, cabbage and vegetables, reported Russian agency Tass.

Moscow and Belgrade then agreed to sign a bilateral document which “regulates actions of the Serbian side in ensuring the security of supply of Russian market with vegetables”.

Serbia, a longtime Russian ally, says Tass agency, is not on the list of countries to which Moscow introduced embargo on exports to the country in August, as an answer to EU sanctions against Russian because of Ukraine.

According to the Russian Federal Customs Service, since Russian embargo was announced, import of apples from Serbia to Russia increased by 48 percent – to 118,000 tons, and value by 82 percent – to 98 million dollars.

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