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Foreign Ministers of Russia and Portugal to meet in Moscow on Monday

July 18, 6:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The ministers will discuss bilateral relations, Russia’s relations with the EU and NATO, the Ukrainian crisis and the UN activity
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MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva in Moscow on Monday.

Earlier Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the ministers will discuss bilateral relations, Russia’s relations with the EU and NATO, the Ukrainian crisis and the UN activity.

Resumption of food exports to Russia

It is not ruled out that the two ministers will touch upon the topic of sanctions, as well as a possibility to build up exports of agricultural products from Portugal and Russia and vice versa.

In late June, Russian Emergencies Minister Puchkov who is a co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission said: "We are going to build up exports: grain supplies from Russia to Portugal and exports of food products from Portugal to Russia."

In his turn Portugal’s Economy Minister Manuel Caldeira Cabral, who co-chairs the commission from the Portuguese side, said that his country would like to resume exports of meat, dairy products and fruits to Russia in the near future.

Puchkov said that the exports will resume as soon as Russia overcomes the current difficulties in relations with the EU, which imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014.

Facilitation of visa regime

During the talks the parties may also pay attention to tourism. As a country attractive for Russian tourists, Portugal expects their number to increase this year. Earlier Portuguese Ambassador to Moscow Mario Godinho de Matos said that his country is ready to work on simplification of visa regime for Russian citizens within the limits set by the Schengen Agreement. It is not ruled out that this issue will also be on the agenda of the meeting.

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