Russia has agreed to lift its import ban on vegetables from the European Union, which it imposed in response to the E. coli outbreak.
The move was announced at the end of an EU-Russia summit in Nizhny Novgorod today (10 June).
The EU has agreed to put in place additional safety measures, details of which are to be worked out in the coming days.
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, told a news conference that vegetable imports would resume as soon as the additional measures were in place.
José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said: “We are happy that we have agreed that the ban of vegetables from the European Union will be lifted, that the system of certification of the vegetables’ safety by the European Commission will be put in place without any delay and details on this certificate will be finalised as soon as possible with the Russian Federation services and the European Commission services.”
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Russia and Lebanon are the only countries that imposed an all-out ban on EU vegetables following the outbreak.