Russia's consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor is ready to permit the trade in Ukrainian cheeses in Russia if they are of good quality, but the Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry is in no hurry to respond to demands from Russia and is "lazy."

Rospotrebnadzor head and Russia's chief state sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko announced this at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian media reported, according to UKRINFORM.

"We are now intensively working with the [Ukrainian] Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry. I must say that they are lazy," Onishchenko said. He said that Rospotrebnadzor had sent a list of demands, the compliance with which will help sell Ukrainian cheeses on the Russian market.

The Rospotrebnadzor head said that Ukrainian officials are not responding promptly to these demands, while Ukrainian producers are suffering losses.

Therefore, the Russian agency appealed directly to cheese producers in Ukraine. "We have published on our website a complete list of documents and have given a signal to producers," Onishchenko said. He said that if Ukrainian cheese producers submit respective documents, Russian specialists would be ready to visit the plants to inspect product quality.

Onishchenko also added that the Russian sanitary service was ready to send its inspectors to Ukrainian enterprises in the near future. "We have brigades that are ready to move. We will go when we know what companies to check. We might not go to all of them, if the documents [they submitted] do not satisfy us," the Rospotrebnadzor head said.

In addition, Russia's chief sanitary doctor said that there was no politics in the "cheese issue" and that Ukrainian officials recognize this. He recalled that a ban introduced in early February 2012 on trade in cheeses from a number of Ukrainian cheese producers was related to the violation of Russian technical regulations.

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