Norway-Russian salmon conflict may be solved soon – Fishupdate.com

Norway-Russian salmon conflict may be solved soon Published:  12 January, 2006

THERE are hopes that Russia’s ban on Norwegian salmon imports may soon be lifted.

According to Norwegian reports, Russian salmon importers believe that the ban on imports of fresh farmed salmon may be lifted before January 20.

However, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store reportedly told the media that he believes the import restrictions will remain in place until the end of February.The Norwegian Minister has told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, only that the conflict will be solved shortly. “ We have taken the Russian questions seriously and we believe in a swift breakthrough,” he reportedly told NRK.

But according to other Norwegian media reports, the salmon importers are more optimistic and it may be practically possible to lift the ban by the January 20.

But all depends on the outcome of the negotiations between the Norwegian department for fisheries and coastal affairs and the Russian agricultural ministry, which are planned to start today, Fiskeribladet reported.

Tuesday saw Russia returning to normal after the Christmas and New Year period, but shops were empty of fresh salmon.

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