UPDATE 2-Brazil hopeful on Russian pork sales as leaders meet

Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:55pm EST
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* Rousseff hopes for resolution of pork export problems

* Brazil accounts for 17 percent of Russia's pork imports

* Russia to sell helicopters to Brazil

By Alexei Anishchuk

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Brazil hopes to resolve a dispute over exports of pork to Russia, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said after talks with President Vladimir Putin on Friday on how the emerging-market powerhouses can boost trade.

Moscow's tightening of requirements for the importation of meat have threatened to ruffle relations between Brazil and Russia, one of its largest meat export markets and a a fellow member of the BRICS group of large emerging market nations.

"We hope for the successful resolution of the problems that emerged (over) Brazilian pork exports," Rousseff said following talks with Putin during a two-day visit to the Russian capital.

Russia is eager to make a success of its year-long presidency of the G20 major economies, which began this month, and increase trade with countries such as Brazil, the world's sixth-largest economy. Russia is No. 9.

"We cannot be satisfied" with last year's bilateral trade volume of $6.5 billion, Putin said. "We must reach the level of at least $10 billion in the near future."   Continued...