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EU envoy says Russia vegetable ban against WTO rules

06-04-2011 10:29 BJT

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The European Union's envoy to Moscow says Russia's ban on vegetable imports from EU countries is not justified.

Fernando Valenzuela on Friday warned Russia that its ban on imports of EU fresh vegetables contradicts principles of the World Trade Organization, the trade group that Russia hopes to soon join.

The EU envoy said the EU considered Russia's ban "unsubstantiated", and that "the ban should be urgently lifted". Russia has banned the import of all fresh vegetables from all EU member states because of the E. coli outbreak.

The European Commission responded by lodging a protest against the Federation later in the day. But Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says his country will not lift the ban until an EU explanation on E.coli outbreak is given.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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