Russia lifts ban on Czech and Greek vegetables

Moscow has at last lifted its ban on the importing of Czech and Greek vegetables.

The decision was based on food-safety certificates, which turned out to be satisfactory.

This means Russia now allows imports from six European countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. Seven more are on the waiting list.

In early June, a Russian consumer rights watchdog placed a ban on all vegetables imported from the EU after an outbreak of the E. coli bacteria. It started in northern Germany and has claimed the lives of more than 50 people.

Russia says it will not abandon its special regime for imports until the source of the outbreak is identified and eliminated.

Meanwhile, the country has banned the importing of certain Egyptian agricultural goods, including seeds, which the EU says were the actual cause of the E. coli outbreak in Europe.

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