The European Commission's efforts to talk with Russia about opening up its markets for European pork did not meet with much success, according to EU commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan.
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Hogan says that the EU put much effort into convincing Russia to lift its embargo on pork imports, but the progress has been very limited, Verslo Žinios reports.

Russia banned European pork imports in 2014. Two weeks ago, sources of the World Trade Organization (WTO) said that the body would give a ruling on the measure. However, there has been no official announcement from the WTO yet.

Meanwhile European meat producers are beginning to doubt if there would be much demand for their production, even if Russia lifted the embargo.

Russia used to be one of the biggest pork importers in the world, but has increased domestic production substantially, cutting meat imports by 80% over the last three years.

Russian meat producers say that they are almost capable of meeting domestic demand for pork and poultry, according to Verlso Žinios.

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