US to resume poultry exports to Russia

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The United States will resume poultry exports to Russia after a nearly six-month ban imposed by Moscow, President Barack Obama said Thursday after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"Today, we've reached an agreement that will allow the United States to begin exporting our poultry products to Russia once again," Obama said at a joint press conference with Medvedev, who is on a visit to Washington.

On January 1, Russia banned the import of chicken treated with chlorinated water, a procedure commonly used by US producers to disinfect chicken.

The new rules were criticized in the United States but Moscow denied that they were politically motivated.

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