Russia will continue to import animal products from the European Union in 2007 after the country’s Agriculture minister Alexei Gordeyev reached an agreement on the issue at talks with EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou, Itar-Tass <> reports.

But animal product imports from Romania and Bulgaria will remained banned in Russia.

Moscow and Brussels will soon sign a memorandum allowing such imports from EU farms as long as they’re approved of by Russian experts after Romania and Bulgaria join the Union on January 1, Gordeyev was quoted as saying.

And according to Markos Kyprianou authorities in Russia want to minimize risks and guarantee the continuation of animal product trade, which is a positive signal for producers and clients in Russia and the EU.