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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, U.S. End War Over Chicken

Russia has withdrawn a threat to ban imports of U.S. chicken starting next week as a result of negotiations between Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and U.S. Vice President Al Gore, according to officials of both governments.

The proposed ban, first announced last month on the basis of sanitary considerations, had been scheduled to begin March 16. It had led to recriminations between the two countries with U.S. officials and legislators maintaining that the Russian charge of U.S. health violations was a cover for protectionism.

Gore's office issued a statement late Tuesday that a message from Chernomyrdin said the prohibition against U.S. chicken imports would not take place.

Then, during a 30-minute telephone conversation Wednesday with Gore, Chernomyrdin reiterated the stance, saying Russia would not impose the ban on the condition that the United States would closely monitor the quality of