EU fruit growers look to U.S. market to offset Russian sanctions

A French farm worker harvests apples in a 8 hectare apple orchard at the Verger d'Epinoy near Cambrai, northern France in this September 3, 2014 file photo. 
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European fruit growers could be able to export apples and pears to the United States later this year, the EU executive said on Saturday, following the publication of new U.S. rules.

European Union producers, hit by Russian sanctions against them are keen for new markets.

A joint statement by the EU health, trade and agricultural commissioners welcomed the publication by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of draft measures to be taken by EU growers and other authorities that it said were "a necessary step".

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