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    Russia Expects Turkish Inspection of Meat, Dairy Products to Take Place Soon

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    Russia expects that a Turkish delegation will arrive soon in the country with an inspection to assess the quality of Russia's meat and dairy products, as the recent cancellation of Turkish inspectors' visit was caused by technical issues, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said that a delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock had not arrived this week for talks with Russian counterparts and that the visit had been postponed for an uncertain term.

    "Yes, we expect this [to happen] soon," Dvorkovich told reporters, adding that the cancellation of the visit was connected with "technical issues."

    Moscow hopes that Turkey will open its market for supplies of Russian meat and dairy products before the end of 2017, Dvorkovich added.

    "Yes, we want this, and our partners have promised to accelerate the process," Dvorkovich told reporters, replying to a relevant question.

    On May 26, Rosselkhoznadzor said that the Turkish delegation would visit Moscow on June 13 for talks with Rosselkhoznadzor officials on cooperation in the veterinary and phytosanitary areas. After that the Turkish inspectors were expected to visit Russia's enterprises engaged in meat production in Bryansk, Orenburg and Moscow regions.

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