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Stalemate in Russia-EU Talks over African Swine Fever

26 February 2014

GLOBAL - Talks were held in Moscow on Monday in a bid to reach an agreement on the question of regionalisation of pig meat exports from the EU in the light of the outbreak of African Swine Fever.

However, the talks between the Russian veterinary authority Rosselkhoznador together with experts from the Russian Agriculture Foreign Affairs and Economic Development Ministries and the European Commission reached a stalemate as the Russian side said that no new proposals for regionalisation had been put forward.

The Russian delegation said that Europe had only excluded six regions in Lithuania, where the ASF outbreak in the EU was first discovered, had been included in the regionalisation plan.

The Russians said they were also concerned because ASF had now also been discovered in Poland.

Sergei Dankvert, the head of Rosselkhoznador, said that the situation with the spread of African swine fever virus in the EU is “extremely worrisome”.

Roselkhoznador is to send experts from Russia to the EU to exchange experiences and draw up a joint assessment of the situation and assess the risks fo the spread of ASF in the EU.

Russian experts are also to be sent to Poland to study the situation there.

The bilateral talks between the EU and Russia are expected to continue.

This week, the Russian veterinary authorities have reported six further cases of African swine fever affecting wild boars in the region of Volgograd.

A third follow-up report was sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Friday, 21 February, stating that on 20 February, direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted on wild boar at the Government budget institution. Both tests resulted in positive outcomes.

According to the report, six cases were reported. However, a total of seven animals were destroyed.

The OIE reports that wild boars were shot on the territory of a game husbandry located 15 km from the village of Sosnovka. These animals were sampled for the monitoring of African swine fever. Laboratory studies confirmed that the wild boars were infected with African swine fever virus. The carcasses of the infected animals were incinerated.

Several measures such as control of wildlife reservoirs, quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s) and modified stamping out have been applied. However, no vaccination has been administered and none of the affected animals received treatment.

The source of the outbreak has, to date, not been determined.

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