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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.

Armenia's Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz) reported in a press release that the share of its country's supplies to the Russian market has jumped from 30 percent to 83 percent.

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.

According to an official letter from Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), the agency will allow fruit imports from Moldova and Transdniestria starting June 12. Until next month, the resumption of shipments will act only in test mode.

Igor Mukhanin, head of the Russian Association of Gardeners, said that the industry for stone fruits and Russia can expect a drop in yields this season due to extreme temperatures that have affected plum, peach and apricot growth.

As reported on the sidelines of the Turkish-Russian business forum, Alexey Ulyukayev, minister of Economic Development of Russia (Mineconomrazvitiye), said that the country needs to relax the food embargo at the request of Greece and Hungary, gradually eliminating food items from the list. In particular, it would apply to peach, strawberry, mandarin orange, nectarine and cherry imports.

Assistant to the head of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alexeenko said that by next Monday inspectors of the agency will start inspecting Greek enterprises that are interested in resuming shipments of agricultural supplies to the Russian market.

According to international specialists, in the offer to suppliers of raw materials for the further development in Russia misses the point.

According to a report published in NEWS.am, quoting Georgios Frangistas, president of the association of Greek exporters of fruit, vegetables and juice Incofruit, and the marketing director of the Greek company to export fruits Gefra, said that according to experts Armenian and Turkish suppliers of Armenia and Turkey will not be able to fully replace Greece's previously held export position.

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