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on August 4, 2010

Russia raises more issues with US trade agreement

Russian agency warns importers to wait for approved list of U.S. exporters

Russia has raised "further issues" with the trade agreement that was supposed to have ended a six-month ban on U.S. poultry exports to that country, according to Reuters.

While specifics haven't been provided, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) spokesperson said the department is working "to ensure the terms of the agreement are fulfilled." The USDA began posting a list of plants approved for exports to Russia in late July, but Russian news agency Interfax has warned Russian importers to hold off on doing business until the agency posts a list of its own.

"Resolving the problems has been complicated by a number of technical issues, and they've proven not so simple," said Nikolai Vlasov, deputy chief of Russia's veterinary inspection agency Rosselkhoznadzor. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said he is monitoring the situation.

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