BEIJING (Sputnik) – Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev proposed on Tuesday the establishment of a Russia-China business council in the agricultural sector to enhance bilateral cooperation in this sector.
"In order to intensify interactions in investment and cooperation between the state bodies of the two countries and the agricultural business community, I propose to consider the establishment of a Russian-Chinese business council in the agricultural sector," Tkachev said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Han Changfu.
The Russian minister said that Moscow was generally satisfied with the current development of the bilateral ties in the agricultural sector, but noted that the cooperation could still be more comprehensive.
According to Tkachev, Russian wheat supplies to China will begin "in the nearest future."
In December, Russia and China signed protocols on phytosanitary regulations for imports of Russian agricultural products, such as wheat, corn, rice, soybeans and rapeseed, to China. Following the signing, China allowed imports of wheat grown in four specific regions of Russia.