MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - Iran is interested in supplying meat and dairy products to Russia, the press service of Russia’s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor informed on Thursday after the meeting of the agency's chief Sergey Dankvert with the head of the Veterinary Organization of Iran Mehdi Khalaj.
"Many of the Iranian companies supply fish and marine products, such as shrimp, trout and black caviar, abroad, including to the European Union countries. Iranian companies are ready to supply to Russia, in particular, meat, dairy, marine and fish products," the watchdog said.
During the meeting, which was held on the initiative of the Iranian side, Dankvert expressed hope for a quick views alignment of supervisory agencies of both countries, which would significantly increase the volume of mutual deliveries of food products.
On August 7, Moscow imposed a ban on food imports from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway in response to economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its alleged role in escalating the Ukrainian crisis.
The ban, targeting meat, fish, poultry and milk products, nuts, fruits and vegetables, is expected to last for a year. Iran, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico have expressed their willingness to boost food exports to Russia.