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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.

Russia's stone fruit sector is expected to see a rise in output just as it did in 2013, when stone fruit yeild increased by 9 percent on the year to over 5 thousand quintals, according to a study by Intesco Research "The Fresh Fruit and Berries Market: A Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast To 2016".

Russia's Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said that it will allow a greater number of shipments of dried fruits and berries from Georgia in an official announcement on November 10.

As published in an official press release of the administration of Kaliningrad, shipments of fruit and vegetables are actively entering the region from exporters of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Macedonia, Serbia, Chili, Argentina, Costa Rica and Uzbekistan.

Sergey Dankvert, head of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), was quoted by ITAR-TASS as having said that over the course of several days the agency has recorded apples, peaches, plums and tomatoes that were delivered through a friendly state with no documents to confirm their place of origin, or the products had papers indicating they were from Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia or African countries.

European Union Spokesperson at the European Commission, Isaac Valero-Lardon, said that as of July 22, the European Commission has not received any official word on the restrictions that Russia has placed on imports of Moldovan fruits and vegetables, according to a report by RBK, referencing ITAR-TASS.

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