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.