minister ariel and deputy pm dvorkovich agreed that in addition to upgrading bilateral agriculture coordination, a free trade agreement would be signed by late 2016.
during a meeting held last thursday with russian agriculture minister alexander tkachyov, it was decided that israel set up a research and development farm in russia to provide instruction in water and dairy management.
agriculture minister mk uri ariel:
‘i am very glad that in addition to this formal visit, we and the russian government have reached viable agreements with specified timelines both agricultural with their emphasis on r&d, and economic, which address both pensions for russian immigrants to israel and a free trade agreement.
israel’s agriculture sector has a great deal to offer and we are endeavouring to increase the export of both produce and technology.
in conclusion i should like to thank the russian government for this invitation and for its practicable cooperation that goes beyond the declarative. i should also like to thank ambassador zvi heifetz and israel’s embassy staff in moscow.’
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