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Russia Foreign Ministry Denies Plans to Lift Food Embargo for Select EU Members

Previously the Ministry of Agriculture had raised the possibility of Russia lifting the food import ban for Greece, Hungary and Cyprus, but now the Foreign Ministry has quashed these prospects

MOSCOW, April 16 (TASS) - Russia is not considering plans to ease the food embargo for some EU countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Thursday.

"Russia is firmly complying with its commitments as part of the WTO and that’s why no individual easing is envisaged," Meshkov said.

Russia’s food embargo is valid until August 8, 2015. As part of this embargo, Moscow banned key agricultural imports from the EU, Canada, the US, Norway and Australia, including fruits, berries, fish and sea products.

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