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Hungary seeks establishment of Russian food lab to accredit exporters

Hungary has initiated the establishment of a Russian food safety laboratory in the country to speed up accreditation for potential Hungarian exporters, Rural Development Minister Sándor Fazekas told MTI in Moscow.

Speaking on the telephone after talks with his Russian counterpart Jelena Skrinnik, Fazekas said the laboratory would make acquiring the accreditation easier.

Russia is trying to wean itself of its dependency on food imports, an aim Hungary could help the country meet by sharing technology and know-how, he said.

The two ministers discussed 5-6 Hungarian consortia that want to undertake big programs in Russia, Fazekas said, without providing any further details.

The Russian-Hungarian mixed economic committee will meet in Moscow on February 28 to review obstacles in the cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Obstacles in the way of exports of frozen Hungarian poultry to Russia haven been cleared, Fazekas said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morozov recommended Hungary participate in a program to assist some CIS countries in difficult situations, such as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, get access to food and technology.

Morozov saw opportunity for cooperation between Russia and Hungary in the area of environmental protection, especially water management.

Fazekas also held talks on development opportunities in Russia's Penza Province. Hungarians are partners in a project to build two hog farms and a cattle and a dairy farm there. (MTI – Econews)