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Hope for Renewal by Israel of Trade with Russia Fades

Hopes for a renewal of Israeli citrus exports to Russia faded today when a delegation of the Israel Citrus Marketing Board returned from a brief visit to that country with a report that there was no chance of such exports this year.

Members of the delegation went to Russia on a tourist visas and not as members of the marketing board. However, they sounded out Soviet officials on the possibility of export renewals. They said they felt that there was also no indication as to whether there were any possibilities for the next season.

Soviet Russia halted all oil sales to Israel as a reprisal for the 1956 Sinai campaign. Since the oil was part of a barter arrangement on the Israeli citrus exports, those were halted automatically and neither phase of the arrangement has been resumed since.