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“The thing is that we can’t accept guaranties from Germany’s veterinary service. We have lots of questions to them, their existing veterinary service system is not perfect,” Alexei Alekseyenko said.

The ban comes against a background of frosty relations between Moscow and Berlin, which has urged greater democracy and has been voicing its concern over human rights record in the former Cold War adversary.

Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization, where it was admitted last year after nearly 18 years of on-and-off negotiations, has so far been chequered, while the United States has said Russia’s rules on meat imports appear to be inconsistent with WTO.

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