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    MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - The veterinary and phytosanitary restrictions on some produce imported into Russia are completely justified, a high-ranking official told a committee of the lower chamber of parliament today.

    Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Maxim Medvedkov told the State Duma's committee for agrarian issues that some of Russia's leading trading partners had claimed that the country's veterinary authorities had imposed measures to protect the nation's markets from competition rather than disease.

    "In our opinion, that did not happen," he said.

    Vladimir Popovich, the deputy head of the State Inspection Service for Plants in Quarantine, said all the restrictions that had been placed on products had been "scientifically grounded."

    According to Popovich, Russia's position had been endorsed during talks with members of the World Trade Organization and all the controversial items had been settled, so no legal amendments or addenda were necessary.

    Popovich said European Union experts had praised Russian diary and meat industry's enterprises, which led them to grant permission to three diary enterprises to export products to the EU. Furthermore, a venison meat producing plant in the Murmansk region (northwest Russia) passed the procedures required for obtaining permission.

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