Russia suggests extended grain export ban

Oct. 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM

MOSCOW, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said Friday it would be next July before the country could consider lifting its grain export embargo.

Russia has banned grain exports as a reaction to an extended drought. The ban was originally to run until the end of the year.

RIA Novosti Friday quoted Zubkov as saying, "We shouldn't raise this issue before next season or July 1, 2011. What is the use of talking about exports, when we have to secure our own reserves, overcome winter and get ready for a new harvest?"

RIA Novosti did not mention where or to whom Zubkov made his remarks.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
American Apparel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Womb transplants begin in U.K. after Sweden's success
Gay Vatican priest comes out day before Pope Francis begins synod on family issues
Scientists find roadmap that may lead to 'exercise pill'
Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to parasitic disease scientists