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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, EU Try to Resolve Food Safety Issues

The European Union, locked in a dispute with Russia over Moscow's ban on Polish meat and plant products, will spend 4 million euros ($5.32 million) on trying to bring EU and Russian food safety standards into line.

An EU statement said late Tuesday that European animal and plant health experts will work for 30 months with Russian authorities on finding standards.

They will also teach their Russian counterparts ways to improve controls over food quality and safety, it said.

"This will contribute to setting up closer economic relations between the EU and Russia, which corresponds to the objectives of creating a common economic space," the EU said.

BSI British Standards Group, the world's oldest standards body, and Hamburg-based GFA Consulting Group will run the project.

Poland has said the ban on its meat is politically motivated and has blocked the start of talks between Moscow and Brussels on a new strategic partnership agreement covering areas such as energy, human rights and trade. EU food safety officials were due to discuss the dispute over Polish food with their Russian counterparts during a visit to Moscow starting Wednesday. But Brussels does not expect a breakthrough in its solution at the talks, the EU has said.