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As part of the annual report to the State Duma on the results of governmental activities, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed some of the breakthroughs in the Russian agricultural sector as well as intentions to continue government support for this industry.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that economic measures against the West are here to stay while there is still external pressure on Russia, according to RIA Novosti.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that the country’s counter sanctions against western countries have been beneficial for domestic producers. “The measures for import substitution in agriculture, which we took six months ago, have allowed us to maintain industry growth rates,” Medvedev said, highlighting that the agricultural industry has seen improvement “on the background of an economic recession” and programs initiated to address food security.

During a meeting led by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the head of the country's Ministry of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, said that domestic vegetable producers could put the country on track toward reaching self-sufficiency in about four years. 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls are to meet on February 13 to discuss the prospects of lifting the food embargo on French imports after representatives of supermarkets voiced their market concerns with the country's federal officials a week ago, according to the France’s Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll.

Russia's policy to ban Ukrainian agricultural products went into effect as of January 1, coinciding with the start of Ukraine's Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) - a part of the Association Agreement - with the European Union (EU).

Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow to attend the talks with Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev. Serbia is prepared to make its accession to the European Union. However an agreement for its accession is contingent on Serbia ending its trade agreement with Russia, Medvedev said.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's prime minister, noted the overall endurance and ability of the nation's agricultural sector to withstand the increased workload created by the pressures of present-day circumstances.

The volume of exchange earnings that domestic exporters are receiving from exports of agricultural products could potentially increase enough take the place of the exchange earnings brought in by Russia's hydrocarbon exports, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich will lead a new program that will focus on developing import substitution efforts in the country, according to the government's official website.

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