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Negociations with Moscow on vegetable exports avail Moldova nothing

Moldovan Deputy Agriculture Minister Anatol Spivacenco said on June 13 that no agreement was reached with Moscow to resume fruit and vegetable exports to Russia. "We had numerous meetings in Moscow with representatives of Russian sanitary and quarantine agencies, to whom we presented evidence confirming the quality of our products," Spivacenco said. "Unfortunately, no decision was reached." he added.

Russia suspended imports of Moldovan fruit and vegetables in 2005, alleging their quality was too low and that there was a too high a concentration of pesticides. Moldova had previously exported approximately 100,000 tons of fruit and vegetables a year to Russia.