A months-long trade dispute is slowly being worked out as Russia has approved 11 U.S. poultry exporters for trade.
In June, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev solidified an agreement that would resume trade between the two countries after Russia refused to accept imported poultry processed with chlorine. Actual implementation of the agreement, however, has been a slow process, with the Russian government demanding re-inspection of each U.S. facility on the list for approved exports—a move that was not addressed in the June agreement. "Russia's refusal to resume poultry trade with the U.S. demonstrates a serious lack of commitment to the agreement reached by the two countries in June," said Senator Blanche Lincoln, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
So far, only 11 plants have been approved, in spite of the fact that a Russian official said Russia would start accepting poultry from 68 facilities this week.