The meeting between Advisor to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artyom Daushev and Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to Moscow Alfonso Caballero was held on August 1 in Moscow.
The parties discussed the issue of resuming supplies of FMD-susceptible live animals and livestock products from Colombia to Russia. The restrictions were introduced by the Rosselkhoznadzor in October 2018 after FMD outbreaks were detected in the Colombian departments of Boyaca and Cesar.
Artyom Daushev told Alfonso Caballero that on May 20, 2019 the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) regained Russia’s status of a country with FMD free zone without vaccination. In accordance with the OIE provisions in order to maintain this status Russia is not recommended to import disease-susceptible animals and livestock products from countries whose FMD freedom has not been officially confirmed.
Alfonso Caballero noted that Colombia is currently actively working to eradicate the virus and hopes to regain the FMD-free status in the OIE.
The parties also discussed issues of export of Russian products to Colombia. The Rosselkhoznadzor repeatedly requested Colombia’s veterinary requirements for imported poultry, meat and ready-to-eat products of animal origin.
In conclusion, the parties emphasized the constructive and open character of Russian-Colombian relations and expressed hope for establishing mutually beneficial cooperation.