MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On Saturday, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Sergey Levin and Minister of Agriculture and Food Supply of the French Republic Julien Denormandy held a working meeting on cooperation in the field of viticulture and winemaking. It was noted that Russia is open to further dialogue and is ready, at the request of the French side, to discuss the Russian law on champagne, as well as to conduct technical consultations at the level of specialists to clarify Russian legislation. This was reported to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” in the Ministry of Agriculture.
French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandy also tweeted that the parties agreed on a method of work in order to resolve differences and find a solution to the situation.
Earlier, due to changes in Russian legislation, French champagne producers suspended the supply of their products to Russia. They were outraged that, according to the new requirements, importers should call their drink sparkling wine on the back label of the bottle. Now only Russian producers can call it champagne, provided that it is made from domestic grapes. The Champagne Interprofessional Wine Committee called the changes in Russian law unacceptable and recalled that the term “champagne” is associated with a historical area in France. As a result, not a single bottle of champagne has been shipped from France to Russia since the beginning of July.
However, from September 15, the French still decided to resume export. According to Jean-Marie Barier, co-chairman of the Interprofessional Champagne Wine Committee, the decision was made to “restore peace.”
According to the CIVC association of French winemakers, the Russian market ranks 15th in terms of French champagne exports and is estimated at about 35 million euros.
A source: Russian newspaper
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