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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Chicken Delegation Leaves Moscow

The U.S. team of negotiators seeking to persuade Moscow to remove a ban on poultry imports has left Russia, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Tuesday.

The Agriculture Ministry said Tuesday the ban would be ended as soon as the U.S. side met Russian meat safety demands presented last week by Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev to U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

"The delegation has left Moscow," the U.S. Embassy spokesman said, declining further comment.

"We are waiting for a reply from the American side," an Agriculture Ministry spokesman said.

A team of U.S. negotiators arrived in Moscow after Russia banned all poultry imports from the United States from March 10. Russia accused the United States of failing to observe meat safety agreements reached in 1996.

Russia said it had discovered salmonella in U.S. poultry, but Washington has repeatedly dismissed Russia's safety concerns, saying the meat is fine.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said he expected a solution to the ban within 30 days.

Russia is demanding that any U.S. producers found exporting meat containing salmonella bacteria be excluded from the list of suppliers until they have passed an inspection by both Russian and U.S. veterinarians.