Russia does not want to start negotiations on return of Roshen products to Russian market - source

Negotiations on the return of Roshen products to the Russian market have not started yet due to a position of the Russian party, which does not want to raise this theme yet.

A source, which knows about the course of negotiations, told Ukrinform's own correspondent in Russia.

“For now, negotiations have not started with Rospotrebnadzor representatives. Today, First Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Anatoliy Maksiuta is to arrive in Moscow, but everything depends on the readiness of the Russian party. Now, a particular desire of the Russian counterparts to start negotiations was not observed,” an interlocutor has said.

As it is known, Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has said that the ministry has results of the expertise of the confectionary quality, in particular, Roshen Corporation products and expects that negotiations with the Ukrainian party on exports will start from Monday.

“If the Russian party has claims, we have to receive them. As soon as I know, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry created a working group and plans to start official negotiations already from Monday,” Prysiazhniuk said.

According to the Revenues and Duties Ministry of Ukraine, in 2012, Ukrainian confectioners have supplied 119,100 tons of chocolate products to the Russian market, having earned almost USD 413 million. At the same time, import of Russian chocolate to Ukraine has been 27,800 tons or USD 102.7 million in money terms last year.