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U.S. Warns Russia Not To Block Meat Trade


http://gdb.rferl.org/DEA2F54F-7210-4913-B45F-6E178E497A1E_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/DEA2F54F-7210-4913-B45F-6E178E497A1E_mw800_mh600.jpg An advert for domestically produced chicken in Moscow (file photo) (RFE/RL) August 18, 2006 -- The United States has said a Russian threat to curb U.S. meat imports would create a "serious problem" in the two countries' relationship.


Russian Economy Minister German Gref on August 17 said Russia would withdraw import privileges on the imports if Washington did not endorse Moscow's bid to join the World Trade Organization within three months.


A spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office, Sean Spicer, said such a move by Russia would violate trade agreements.


(Reuters, AFP)

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