Russia, Belarus end dispute over agricultural supplies: report

MOSCOW, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia and Belarus have resolved disputes concerning supplies of Belarusian dairy and meat products to Russia following talks beteen the agriculture ministers of the two countries on Wednesday.

Interfax news agency quoted a press release from the Russian Agriculture Ministry as saying: "All disputed issues have been resolved. We are continuing our cooperation in the normal regime."

The talks were held between Russian Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik and Belarus Agriculture and Food Minister Semyon Shapiro.

Belarus will cut dry milk supplies to Russia from 110,000 tons to 70,000 tons, but increase exports of cheese and curd to 132,000 tons from 100,000 tons.

Belarus also agreed not to supply Russia with dry milk before October 1 this year.

Skrynnik said officials from both ministries would meet in July to further discuss agricultural policies.

"At the meeting, consideration will be given to the legal and economic aspects of synchronizing the agricultural policies of Russia and Belarus as well as the efficiency of interaction between veterinary services and the compilation of data on expected supplies of meat and milk in 2010," she said.

Russia and Belarus had been locked in a so-called "milk war" last month.

Moscow, a major consumer of Minsk's agricultural and industrial goods, banned more than 1,000 dairy products imported from Belarus in early June, dealing a heavy blow to the latter's foreign trade. The ban was later removed.

The short-lived controversial ban triggered by Minsk's boycott of a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow on June 14.



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