Russia to lift grain export ban July 1: Putin

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Russia on July 1 will lift a grain export ban it imposed in August 2010 in the middle of an unprecedented drought that wiped out harvests, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.

"We are lifting the grain export ban on July 1," Putin said in comments released by the government press service.

The ban had originally been due to expire at the end of December but was then renewed amid fears of another grain shortfall this year.

A top minister had earlier suggested that the ban may be extended through the summer.

© 2011 AFP

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