MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Saturday it allowed Serbia to export its dairy products to the countries of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
“Accepting the guarantees of Serbian veterinary service, the results of expert analysis of the materials that prove the recently found breaches were eliminated, Rosselkhoznadzor is ready to include two Serbian dairy enterprises in the Register of organizations and individuals involved in the production, processing and/or storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union, after the issue is agreed by the veterinary services of the republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan,” Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.
Serbia is one of few European countries that avoided Russia’s food imports restrictions introduced following Western sanctions against Moscow.
According to Federal Customs Service of Russia, in 2013 Russia imported 1.15 million tons of dairy products worth $4.2 billion. The major importers were Belarus, Ukraine and a number of European countries including France and Finland.
On August 7, Russia imposed bans on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables and milk products from the United States, European Union, Norway, Canada and Australia in response to a new round of Western sanctions.