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Russian senior state journalist: Still more cooperation between Russia and the West despite tension

Story and photos by Chhay Sophal

First Deputy CEO of ITAR-TASS News Agency Michail Gusman speaks to hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students at an international media gathering in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, on 3 August 2015.

First Deputy CEO of ITAR-TASS News Agency Michail Gusman speaks to hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students at an international media gathering in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, on 3 August 2015.

Vladimir, Russia (3 August 2015): Senior Russian journalist from a state news agency on Monday said although there are political and commercial tensions between Russia and the West, there is still much work needed to cooperate among the global giant powers for the common interest.

Speaking to hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students at an international media gathering in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, First Deputy CEO of ITAR-TASS News Agency Michail Gusman said he is optimistic that there are a lot of work to be done between Russia and the Western nations despite the growing of political and business disputes.

There will be more constructive work together at the ground like fighting against terrorism in the world, Gusman told the gathering in his session on the topic of “Interaction between Government and Mass Media”.

Last week President Vladimir Putin agreed with a plan to destroy embargoed agricultural products, raw materials, and food products from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway if they are imported to Russia from this weekend.

The sanctioned foods will be subject to “immediate destruction” under the new rules announced by Russia’s Agriculture Ministry last Tuesday, Moscow Times quoted Interfax news agency as saying.

The measures seek to clamp down on flows of food that became contraband after Russia last August banned imports of fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish worth around $9 billion per year from the U.S., EU and some other countries that sanctioned Moscow over its role in the crisis in Ukraine, Moscow reported.

The rules provide instructions to customs and other officials on how to confiscate and dispose of banned goods as soon as they are discovered, rather than return them to their owner.

However, the food destruction is just for smuggled ones, Gusman said through an interpreter.

First Deputy CEO of ITAR-TASS News Agency Michail Gusman speaks to hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students at an international media gathering in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, on 3 August 2015.

First Deputy CEO of ITAR-TASS News Agency Michail Gusman speaks to hundreds of Russian and foreign journalists and journalism students at an international media gathering in Vladimir, about 200 kilometers east of Moscow, on 3 August 2015.

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