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    Russia has no claims against Dutch flower, vegetable and fruit deliveries

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    MOSCOW, June 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the Netherlands have no claims in regard to each other on the delivery of flowers, vegetables and fruit, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said today after talks with his Dutch counterpart.

    Gordeyev said the two countries had reached a complete understanding and that their phytosanitary services were working together.

    Russia banned Dutch flower imports in June 2004 after the Californian thrips worm was discovered in batches of flowers. In December 2004, all crops from Holland were banned.

    The ban was lifted from tobacco, flowers, tea and soybean on February 15 after talks. All Dutch crops have been admitted through border stations where Russian experts work since March 1.

    In April-May, Russian inspectors detected certain cases when production control had been violated, and when inspectors in the Netherlands had not been approved by Russia. However, now all the issues have been resolved, the two ministers said.

    "We also spoke about cooperation on new technology, cattle and pig breeding, and specific projects for delivering seed potato to Russia," Gordeyev said.

    Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Cees Veerman said he was satisfied with the talks and invited Gordeyev to the Netherlands to attend a conference on potato growing, which is scheduled for September. The sides also agreed to hold an annual joint agricultural forum with businessmen from both countries.

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