Russia to lift EU vegetables ban: European Commission

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Russia has agreed to lift a ban on EU vegetables imposed over an E.coli outbreak and exports are expected to resume this week, the European Commission announced Wednesday.

Russian authorities signed the agreement on Wednesday during a visit by European Union health commissioner John Dalli, who was dispatched by the EU's executive arm to convince Moscow to make good on a pledge to lift the ban.

"We are heading towards an immediate resumption of European vegetables, based on EU certificates that will explain to the Russian authorities that in each EU state there are labs and a surveillance and verification system," said Frederic Vincent, the commission's health spokesman.

"Exports will be able to resume this week, maybe tomorrow," he added.

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