Icelandic milk to Russia

Iceland has made a reciprocal deal with Russia over the sale of dairy products which paves the way for the export of Icelandic products including skyr, butter and milk powder to the biggest country in the world.

The deal with the Russian government was signed yesterday by Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson.

According to the contract the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority will guarantee that Icelandic dairy producers adhere to Russian government standards. The contract means Icelandic producers will be able to export their goods to Russia, and also to Belarus and Kazakhstan; because the three countries recently entered into a free trade agreement with each other.

Össur Skarðhéðinsson said after signing the deal that the contract is similar to one made for the export of meat and fish last year, RÚV reports.

The meat and fish deal has apparently been useful and it is expected that the export of milk powder to Russia can begin soon. Össur said that the Russians’ nearest neigbours, the Finns, have fallen in love with Icelandic skyr and he hopes the important trade contract will cause Russians to get a taste for it as well.