Russia has agreed to end its ban on US poultry imports

Russia has agreed to end its ban on US poultry imports

Russia has agreed to end its ban on US poultry imports, presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have announced.

The Presidents made the announced in a press conference yesterday (24 June), which puts an end to a five-month trade dispute over poultry, in which Russia had said it would no longer accept poultry processed with chlorine, a chemical widely used in the US as a food safety intervention.

However, following a meeting between the two leaders yesterday, Obama said it had reached an agreement that will allow the US to begin exporting its poultry products to Russia once again.

“I want to thank President Medvedev and his team for resolving this issue which is of such importance to American business and which sends an important signal about Russia’s seriousness about achieving membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO),” Obama said.

He added: "It's odd, when you're sitting in historic meetings with your Russian counterpart, to spend time talking about chicken. But our ability to get resolved a trade dispute around poultry, that is a multibillion-dollar export for the US, was an indication of the seriousness with which President Medvedev and his team take all of these trade and commercial issues.”