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Ministers to possibly discuss Russian sanctions at Berlin food fair

January 12, 2015, 15:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian and Ferman agriculture ministers are to meet during an international trade fair in Berlin to discuss a wide range of issues, with Russia's sanctions possibly among them

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MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Russian and German agriculture ministers are due for talks on the sidelines of an international trade fair in the German capital on Friday as media reported there that Berlin wanted Moscow to ease its ban on German food and agriculture products.

Moscow's Nikolay Fyodorov and his counterpart Christian Schmidt are set to meet as an international trade fair convenes in Berlin amid discussion in a weekly WirtschaftsWoche report of Russian sanctions said to be hitting about one percent of German food products.

The two ministers will discuss “a wide range of issues”, Fyodorov aide Viktor Vasiliev said on Monday, without revealing whether Russia’s embargo on western food imports would be raised in talks during “Gruene Woche”, or Green Week, the world's biggest agricultural fair luring some 400,000 visitors each January.

Green Week gathers for its 80th year on January 16, rated a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agriculture and horticulture industries and expected to present Russia as one of the biggest participants, taking around 3,600 square meters of floor space. A Russian Agriculture Ministry delegation will join an agriculture ministers’ and global food and agriculture forum staged as part of the fair.

Russia introduced its set of agricultural sanctions against the West at the start of August, barring imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway for one year in retaliation for sanctions imposed by those nations on Russia over events in Ukraine.

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