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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Calls for End to Meat Ban

WARSAW -- The European Union will provide Russia with all necessary assurances needed to end a ban on Polish meat products and will urge Moscow to do so at a meeting later this week, the bloc's health chief said Monday.

European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou has been visiting Poland in a bid to find a solution to a year-old ban on Polish food products.

"I believe we have enough documents needed for the other side to lift the ban," Kyprianou told a news conference after meeting Polish Farm Minister Andrzej Lepper.

Russia is refusing to lift the ban on meat imports from Poland, citing health issues during transport, but Poland believes the ban is politically motivated. The ban prompted Warsaw to veto an agreement between the EU and Russia last year.

Kyprianou said the EU had sufficient documents to prove that Warsaw was meeting all rules and believed that Russia should lift the veto after it received all the assurances at a meeting of experts in Berlin, due Wednesday.

Earlier Monday, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's envoy to the EU, said it was unlikely that a solution would be found at Wednesday's meeting.

"It is a meeting at the technical level, so don't overblow it," he said when asked about the chances of a deal this week.

Russia had threatened late last year to ban all imports of meat from the now 27-member EU, citing concerns over animal health in Bulgaria and Romania. While an EU-wide ban was averted following extensive talks, the Polish ban remained in place.