As he said in a Novosti interview, Russia may establish trade missions in those countries, amend its veterinary standards, settle quota issues, and bring tariff amounts into order.
Related negotiations are making progress, and the Parties are to come to an agreement before May 1 as previous treaties will be annulled. Both sides are equally interested in stepping up their dialogue, stressed the MP. The talks will help to bring to the least possible a negative impact the upcoming EU expansion may have on Russia. Expansion benefits will surpass that impact several-fold within the next two years or so, he expects.
Mr. Kosachev, however, does not rule out problems arising at the negotiations - in particular, freight transits via Lithuania to the Kaliningrad Region, Russia's Baltic exclave.