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According to a press release, the head of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergey Dankvert together with the Director of the Main State Inspection Service for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection of Belarus Leonid Pleshko confirmed instances of illegal re-export from Europe which were shipped as if they were Moldovan grown produce.

Between January and June, the collective increase in Gagauzia's shipments to Russia for various types of food products was 75.8 percent, Irina Vlakh, governor of Gagauzia said during a recent interview.

Moldova's readiness to increase shipments of agricultural products to the Russian market, as well as to continue negotiations, was confirmed by Edward Grammar, vice minister of agriculture and food industry of Moldova.

Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced that the agency has 'experimentally' removed a ban on fruit imports against Moldova on the guarantee of the National Agency for Food Safety of Moldova that the food products will be up to phytosanitary code.

At this time, two Moldovan fruit and vegetable canning companies – JSC Alfa-Nistru and JSC Natur Bravo – were approved to export products to Russia.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) approved 17 Moldovan fruit suppliers to return to the market after investigations did not reveal quarantine objects.

The first successful test shipment from Gagauzia, an autonomous region of Moldova, has reached Russia's capita, as reported by the farming collective Pobeda (“Victory”), located in the village of Kopchak in the Chadyr-Lunga region of Gagauzia. The head of the agricultural enterprise Nikolai Dragan confirmed.

Specialists of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospostrebnadzor) have started their inspections of six Moldovan canning factories, according to an agency press release. A possible outcome of these inspections is the resumption of supplies of Moldovan goods to the Russian market if the food embargo is lifted.

Vice Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, Edward Grammar, met with Moscow representatives concerning the capitals safety recommendations for food.

During a press conference held last Thursday, Kirill Gaburici, Moldova's prime minister, said that the country is willing to resume trade with Russia. The official also announced this interest during the previous meeting of the bilateral intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in November 2013.

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