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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 19, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT ALEXANDER BRATERSKY). Brazilian minister of development, industry and foreign trade Luiz Fernando Furlan and minister of agriculture Roberto Rodrigues will meet on Monday with their Russian counterparts, vice-premier Boris Alyoshin and vice-premier and minister of agriculture Alexei Gordeyev, reported a representative of the Brazilian embassy in Moscow.

    According to him, "the sides will, above all, discuss issues of mutual trade, especially agriculture." They will also consider the deliveries to Russia of Brazilian meat after the introduction in January 2003 of Russian quotas for the import of meat.

    To protect domestic producers of meat produce the Russian government introduced the annual quota for the import of meat.

    According to the ministry of economic development and trade, the annual quota for the import of poultry meat is 1,050, 000 tons. The quota for the USA will be 550,000 tons, for the European Union -- 140,000 tons, and for Brazil - 33,000 tons. The resolution of the government prohibits to import more poultry meat than established by the quota.

    As far as quotas for beef and pork are concerned, the resolution of the Russian government of January 2003 stipulates that Brazil and China should deliver the produce to Russia within the framework of the common quota. Last year it amounted to 337.5 thousand tons for the import of pork and 315,000 tons for the import of beef. Earlier, Brazil had its own quota for the delivery of beef and pork to Russia.

    In an interview with the agency shortly before his visit Luiz Fernando Furlan declared that restrictions, introduced as a result of changing quotas, worry Brazilian farmers and do not meet the real state of affairs.

    "According to a new system, the calculation of quotas for the purchases of meat is made on the basis of indices of the last five years and not three years as it was before. This mechanism is unfavourable for Brazil as it reduced by two-thirds the volume of deliveries of Brazilian meat in 2002 compared to 2001. We want to explain to our Russian partners that the adopted measures contradict the WTO norms in two points - the calculation of quotas should be made on the basis of indices of the last three years, and the development prospects for the coming years should be taken into account," the minister said.

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