MOSCOW, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia is ready to develop cooperation with the United States in the field of agriculture, Russia's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement said Russia eyes promoting U.S. investments in its agricultural sector.
The statement came a day after a meeting between Olga Garshina, the Russian ministry's department chief of international cooperation, and Deanna Ayala, the minister counselor for agricultural affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, according to RIA Novosti news agency.
Garshina said at the meeting that Russia provides all necessary conditions and government support for foreign agricultural companies in the country.
The pair also discussed issues of information and analytical data exchange in agricultural field, and resumption of the Russian-U.S. working group on agriculture, headed by the agriculture ministers of the two countries.
Local media cited the ministry's statement as saying that Russia's agricultural exports to the United States in 2016 saw an increase of 22 percent from the previous year and in the first seven months of 2017, the agricultural trade turnover between the two countries exceeded 300 million dollars.