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The Federal Service for Control in the Sphere of Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Well-Being of Humans (Rospotrebnadzor) has not received any formal requests from Ukraine for negotiations regarding Russian imports of Roshen confectionary products and therefore has not consented to negotiate, Rospotrebnadzor chief Gennady Onishchenko said.
"We have not received any official requests for negotiations via diplomatic channels and have not expressed our official consent to negotiate for this reason," Onishchenko told Interfax on Thursday.
"Media reports claiming the negotiations will start on Monday are incorrect," Onishchenko said.
"Formal coordination of the subject of negotiations" may be grounds for a meeting, he said.
"In our opinion, the mutual recognition of tests done by national laboratories should be a central item on our agenda," the Rospotrebnadzor head said.
He recalled the "cheese situation" and said the return of Ukrainian cheese to the Russian market was conditioned on the accreditation by national laboratories and the recognition of test results in addition to the satisfaction of quality requirements.
"However, Ukraine has never raised this question since the moment the products were admitted to the Russian market. In our opinion, this is one of the most significant and fundamental questions in the context of the latest events. It also explains why Ukraine has repeated its mistake again," Onishchenko said.