3 Dec 2009 15:09

Russian-Israeli agribusiness cooperation very promising

MOSCOW. Dec 3 (Interfax) - Cooperation between Russia and Israel in the agribusiness area is very promising, said Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.

"I would like to point to interaction in the agribusiness field as the most promising and capable of bringing about speedy practical benefits," Zubkov said at a meeting of the co-chairmen of the Russian-Israeli commission for trade and economic cooperation in Moscow on Thursday.

Israeli recently hosted an Israeli-Russian agrarian business forum and a meeting of the co-chairmen of a permanent working group on agriculture in an expanded format, he said.

"There are first results and concrete agreements on arranging mutually beneficial partnership between Russian and Israeli agrarian businesses," he said.

Russia would like "major Israeli businesses to pay closer attention to the Russian market," he said.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli co-chairman of the commission, said the two countries are cooperating especially actively in the agribusiness area.

He praised the recent Israeli-Russian agribusiness forum, noting that "experts in this area have made significant progress."