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Using foods that were grown on land irrigated with treated wastewater could potentially expose consumers to small amounts of carbamazepine, a substance which has an antiepileptic effect in humans, according to a study that was recently conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center.

As a result of research conducted by Professor Amir Khaiman of Eurasian University along with specialists of the Export Institute and officials of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture, Israel's farmers were advised to re-examine their export options as the Russian market poses as many risks as it does opportunity. 

Moscow's Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov, during the forum “Smart Cities: Revealing The Code Of Innovation", discussed Israel as being an important player in the strategy of import replacement as well as the development of trade turnover between the two countries. 

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Andrey Volkov confirmed this trend and said that this result was reached due to a number of reasons including currency stabilization as well as work toward achieving an accelerated increase in trade turnover. Additionally, Israel played a neutral role on the Ukrainian issue and did not issue sanctions against Russia.

Israel has expressed an interest in establishing a free trade zone in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and has started negotiations with the union's authorities, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said, adding that this move will not lead to the country's ascension into the EEU.

Interfax-Yug reported that the Head of the Israeli company Yamko Yadpaz Industries Ltd announced its interest in opening a greenhouse complex in Russia's Republic of Dagestan in the country's North Caucasus region.

The dwindling relationship between Russia with Ukraine and Moldova has given Israel the opportunity to fill the "vacuum" by increasing its exports to the country by 100 percent, according to the internet portal Cursor.co.il.gov.

Opinions of the Russian fresh produce market players gathered by FruitNews.ru demonstrated that 2013 was a difficult year for many Russian fruit and vegetables suppliers. Bad weather had negative impact on crop of some vegetables and fruit in Russia and countries – suppliers. Restrictions on fresh produce shipments to Russia from several regions of origin limited the available supply possibilities. Many companies in Moscow experienced problems with fresh produce storage, when one of the biggest warehouse complexes in this city was closed. And negative changes in consumers' behavior and purchasing power became evident at the end of the year.

By the end of 2014, Russian and Vietnamese authorities may sign a document to establish a free-trade zone agreement, according to information released by the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.