Russia will lift import ban on EU vegetables: Barroso

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Russia has agreed to lift its import ban on EU vegetables imposed in the wake of the E. coli outbreak, EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said after talks with Russian leaders.

"We are happy that we agreed that the ban on European vegetables will be lifted," said Barroso at a joint news conference with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Without giving a specific time frame for the lifting of the ban, he said that the European Union would send certificates to Russia within the next two days to get the procedure underway.

Russia last week imposed a blanket ban on imports to prevent the spread of the E. coli bacteria that has left at least 30 people dead and more than 2,800 sick.

© 2011 AFP

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