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Russia vetoes the import of tomatoes from Azerbaijan

Imposed on 10 December with apples's embargo

The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Authority Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted the ban on the import of tomatoes grown in Azerbaijan. The decision to lift the embargo came into effect yesterday, December 16, after negotiations with the Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency. The same Moscow authority a few days ago (more precisely on 10 December last), had banned the import of Azerbaijani apples and tomatoes, citing the need to "prevent the import and spread" of products with pesticides in Russia. Tomatoes are Azerbaijan's second largest export to neighboring Russia. A spokesman for Rosselkhoznadzor informed the media that Azerbaijan has shared with the Russian authority the results of the monitoring carried out on tomato crops, which Moscow then considered satisfactory.

Russia was Azerbaijan's third largest trading partner in the past, as well as the first trading partner among the CIS countries in 2020 with a turnover of $ 2.1 billion. Exports to Russia amounted to $ 565.5 million, while imports to $ 1.6 billion.

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