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Officials from Russia and Greece met during the Joint Russian-Greek Commission on Economic, Industrial and Scientific Cooperation and walked away with a plan to work together on topics of mutual interest. As a result, the officials signed a roadmap to develop Russian-Greek relations in the field of agriculture.

Russia's president signed the decree to destroy contraband entering the Russian territory from countries subject to the embargo.

State Duma deputy Andrey Krutov (“Fair Russia” political party) sent an official letter to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, requesting that the country's food embargo on products of Greek origin be lifted.

Russian political analyst Pavel Danilin questioned the claims of State Duma deputy Andrey Krutov in his request to the Russian president, asking that the product ban, in relation to Greece, be canceled.

Russian presidential administration spokesman Viktor Khrekov said that journalists discovered that chocolate-covered nuts covered of Greek origin are not subject to the food embargo when they saw the product was part of the State Duma's buffet.

Russian Union Of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs' (RSPP) President Aleksander Shokhin said that Greece cannot be excluded from the list of Russia's product embargo and that there are major concerns regarding the possibility of Greeks “re-applying labels” to products that do not originate in the country.

Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia, Aleksey Likhachev, said that the exclusion of Greece from the euro zone can not be grounds for the cancellation of the food embargo for that particular country. One reason is because the Greek government has been and will be a “participant of the sanctions that were taken against Russia”, the representative said.

During their last meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to meet with specialists to discuss the available possibilities of breaking the trade deadlock.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance decided to increase the list of approved Grecian companies that would be allowed to resume trade on the Russian market if the current embargo on food products is abolished. According to a report by TASS, only enterprises specializing in livestock production were added to the list.

The head of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergei Dankvert made this announcement during a press conference. The announcement is to affect exporters of fruits and vegetables as well as other agricultural products from Europe.

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