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Friday, 22 March, 2002, 12:15 GMT
Russia hints at end to chicken row
US chicken on sale in Moscow
US chicken is popular with Russian shoppers
Russia's prime minister has said he expects a trade row with the US over poultry imports will be resolved shortly.

The Russian government banned the sale of US poultry earlier this month, following food safety concerns about salmonella and worries over the use of antibiotics in feed.

The US says the fears are groundless, and a delegation of US veterinary experts is in Russia to attempt to address the concerns.

Cheap US chicken is popular with shoppers in Russia, and imports have had a serious impact on the domestic poultry industry.

'No compromise'

Prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Friday he expected a solution to be found within 30 days.

"We have highlighted all the problems and shortcomings, and Russian veterinary services have presented their demands to their US counterparts," he said.

Russia is the world's largest importer of American chickens, buying as much as $800m worth every year.

Earlier this month, Russia's deputy agriculture minister, Sergei Dankvert, said there was no chance of a quick compromise.

He told Russian television: " We are not going to be able to settle this quickly as the Americans would like, because there are serious technical problems."

"It is senseless to discuss other problems until the salmonella issue is resolved."

See also:

11 Mar 02 | Business
Russia warns US over chicken ban
10 Mar 02 | Europe
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