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Monday, May 28, 2018, 

Macedonia and Russia agree to advance business cooperation

Macedonia and Russia agree to advance business cooperation

Skopje, 5 February 2018 (MIA) - Ways to improve economic and trade cooperation between Macedonia and Russia were agreed Monday by the countries' ministries of agriculture.

Macedonian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Ljupco Nikolovski met today with his Russian counterpart Aleksandr Tkachov as part of his three-day visit to Russia, the Ministry said in a press release.

Minister Nikolovski said the Macedonian government would continue to support Macedonian companies in promoting produces and other related products in Russia by supporting their participation in one of Moscow's largest fairs, such as Prodexpo and WorldFood.

Russian Minister Tkachov urged Macedonia to keep promoting and presenting new products, for which Russian consumers had shown interest.

As regards phytosanitary supervision, the interlocutors discussed ways for Russia to provide expert assistance for Macedonia's phytosanitary inspection in line with a cooperation memorandum.

Export of Macedonian produces to Russia has marked a rise over the years, namely peaches, tomatoes, cabbage, plums and cigarettes. 

It is expected Macedonia to start exporting wine and dairy products in the near future, said the Ministry of Agriculture.

Macedonia to Russia exported produces estimated at EUR 30.2 million in 2017.

As part of his visit, Minister Nikolovski visited the Prodexpo fair, where six Macedonian companies are taking part.

In October 2017, the government appointed Nikolovski as co-chair of the inter-government Macedonian-Russian commission for economic and scientific cooperation. ba/18:00

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