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    (STATE SUPPORT FOR EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS 40 TIMES HIGHER THAN IN RUSSIA(

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    MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Agricultural Minister Alexei Gordeev said that Russian agricultural products are competitive. "Not only Russian grain but also meat, milk, potatoes and other products are competitive," he told journalists on Tuesday. Still, about 20% of all food consumed in Russia is imported, he said.

    In the minister's opinion, the reason for this is the expansion of foreign agricultural product suppliers into Russia. This is because of the different level of state support for agricultural producers in Europe and in Russia, he said.

    "The ratio is about 1 to 40," the minister said. He said that in Western countries, the state covers 46% of the cost of farming, while in Russia, it is -2%.

    In addition, foreign producers engage in abuses such as labeling their products with trademarks widely known in Russia, Mr. Gordeev said.

    "Western countries maintain their presence on foreign markets using the tariff and non-tariff methods of regulation," he stressed. In his opinion, this matter should be discussed within the World Trade Organization and also "at the United Nations level."

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