The Russian government seems to be considering a ban on Greek fruit imports, according to the chief of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergey Dankvert.
“We have very constructive relations with the Phytosanitary Control Department of Greece,” Dankvert said according to Interfax news agency and added: “there should be no fear as to our actions.”
According to Dankvert, the date of the talks between the Russian and Greek side to discuss a more detailed inspection procedure of fruits exported to Russia is expected to be finalised this week.
“Should the need arise, our experts can travel to Greece to conduct product inspections before they are loaded for transport,” he said.
Last week, Dankvert and other Rosselkhoznadzor officials spoke of a possible ban on Greek fruit imports and vegetables from the EU, noting that a certain quarantine-linked parasite was found in Greek peaches and nectarines.
Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarachi on Tuesday will chair a meeting of the Extrovert Policy Coordination Committee to discuss Greek exports and in particular the impact that EU trade sanctions against Russia will have on them.