The meeting of Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert
and Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia Alfonso López Caballero took place
today in Moscow. A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Russian Federation also took part in the negotiations. The key topic of the
dialogue was the discussion of the investigation carried out by the competent
Colombian authorities regarding the cases of tetracycline detection in beef
from two Colombian establishments identified in 2016 and 2017 by the
Rosselkhoznadzor, as well as the issue of Russian wheat supplies to Colombia.
Sergey Dankvert stressed that to date the Service has not
received all the necessary documents from the competent veterinary authority of
Colombia, reporting the cause of tetracycline in the beef, nor the results of
the investigation with the test reports. The Rosselkhoznadzor did not receive
information regarding the state monitoring of meat products from these establishments
conducted by the veterinary department of Colombia.
As the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted, this information
is extremely important for making a decision on giving access to establishments
and permitting the supply of Colombian meat products to the Russian Federation.
In addition to the above documentation, it is also necessary to provide state
guarantees from the competent veterinary authority of the Republic of Colombia
regarding the provision by the Colombian side of the safety of meat products
for deliveries from these establishments to Russia.
The Colombian side noted that it would request the necessary
documents from the competent veterinary authority of Colombia and, if provided,
officially send it to the Rosselkhoznadzor.
The parties agreed to hold talks on this issue this week in
a videoconference format with the participation of experts and discuss in
detail all the issues that have arisen.
Mr. Caballero expressed the interest of the Colombian side
in Russian imports of wheat and buckwheat. In this connection, the parties
discussed the need to harmonize a phytosanitary certificate for these products.
Sergey Dankvert invited the Colombian colleagues to visit Russia and get
acquainted with the system of state phytosanitary control, as well as to visit
the establishments exporting Russian grain.
In addition, the parties agreed to sign a protocol of
negotiations with the Colombian Institute of Agriculture for further successful