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Greece asks Russia to allow orange, strawberry, peach and kiwi imports

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The Greek Government in Athens has asked Russian authorities for the lifting of the embargo on Greek strawberries, oranges, peaches and kiwis.

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The request has been confirmed by the representative of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), Alexei Aleksiejenko, after meeting with the Greek Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Panagiotis Sgouridis.

Aleksiejenko told the media that he is concerned about the fate of this year's harvest of peaches, most appreciated in the Russian market. Greece wishes to continue selling them to Russia, along with oranges, strawberries and kiwifruit.

The representative of the Russian Government said that a decision will be made as soon as the request is issued in writing, which should be done in the coming days.

The Russians have already suggested that the embargo on Greek fruit may be lifted, but only if Greece leaves the European Union.

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