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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minister Knocks Chicken Imports

Russia's top agriculture official said Wednesday that U.S. frozen chicken imports, known as "Bush legs," had overrun domestic poultry producers and trampled Russia's struggling farm sector.

"Those Bush legs are destroying our poultry market, because they're three times cheaper than our own chickens," Alexander Zaveryukha, acting Agriculture Minister, told a news conference.

Meat-loving Russians nicknamed the poultry parts after former U.S. president George Bush, whose administration first shipped drumsticks, wings and breasts to Russia amid reports of food shortages during the early years of market reforms.

Zaveryukha told Interfax that he had submitted his resignation to the government, but that the president and prime minister had rejected it.

He cited "huge difficulties" in drafting measures to stabilize the agro-industrial sector as the reason for his intended resignation, the agency said. Zaveryukha was appointed Jan. 12.