6 Aug 2010 15:20

Grain export ban decision could be amended, depending on harvest

MOSCOW. Aug 6 (Interfax) - Russia's decision to ban grain exports for the rest of the year could be amended, depending how the harvest goes, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

"The decision to ban exports could be adjusted, depending on the harvest," Shuvalov said.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed an order yesterday to ban grain from August 15 until December 31 due to the severe drought.

Shuvalov said the ban applied to exports to all countries, including Customs Union members. "The grain must stay in Russia until the government decides otherwise," he said.