December 26, 2013


Russia set to lift Lithuanian dairy product ban soon



Russia is preparing the documents to lift the restriction on Lithuanian milk products, according to the country's consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor's acting head Anna Popova.


Citing sanitary violations, Rospotrebnadzor ordered a ban on the import of Lithuanian dairy products and toughened control over meat and fish products in October.


Russia said in December progress had been reached in talks with Lithuania and that the country had taken additional measures to ensure its products met quality and food safety requirements.


Lithuania maintains Russia's "milk wars" are an attempt to exert political pressure. The country, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, has provoked Moscow's anger by its strong support for former Soviet states seeking closer ties with Europe, particularly Ukraine.