Iran is ready to start shipping cheese to Russia, a little over a year after Moscow imposed an embargo on dairy products from most European countries. Iranian dairy products to be supplied to Russia successfully passed an inspection by Russia’s agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, it was announced in October. A special protocol on supply conditions must be signed before Iran can begin export shipments.
Russia is seeking to find new food suppliers after banning a range of imports from Western countries in August last year, in response to sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union caused by the Ukraine crisis. Originally a one-year embargo, the government this summer extended it for another year.