Russia's veterinary authority on Wednesday announced that it has lifted a ban on Turkish chicken imports that has been in force since October 2005.
"Due to the stabilization of the avian flu situation in Turkey, the temporary ban dated October 19, 2005, on chicken imports from Turkey has been lifted from February 1," Rosselkhoznadzor said on its Web site.
The ban is still in force on imports of live chicken, eggs and chicken feed, the veterinary authority added.
The relaxation comes after new rules took effect in Russia on January 1 banning the import of chicken treated with chlorinated water, a procedure commonly used by U.S. producers to disinfect chicken.
The new rules have been criticized in the United States but Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denied that they were politically motivated.
The European Union has banned the import of U.S. chicken since the late 1990s because of the chlorinated water treatment, even though U.S. officials insist the procedure is safe.
Russia is the top export market for U.S. poultry producers, who lobbied hard against the new rules.
In 2009, Russia reduced its quota on imports of American chicken to 600,000 tons, less than half the figure for the previous year of 1.3 million tons.