Russia partially lifts grain export ban

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Russia has partially lifted the temporary embargo on grain exports introduced last month, allowing the resumption of exports in special cases like humanitarian aid, the government said Wednesday.

The ban will not affect exports needed to fulfil a number of Russia's international agreements, including grain products for humanitarian aid, according to a government decree published on Wednesday.

A record drought has destroyed a quarter of Russia's harvest this summer and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a decree in early August introducing a ban on grain exports from August 15 to December 31.

Putin later indicated the government may even extend the embargo beyond that date.

© 2010 AFP

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