Moscow will be based on “reasons of national security”
The lifting of the ban on the supply of vegetables from Turkey need to be discussed together with the question of admission of Russian meat to the Turkish market. This position was expressed by the Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev on the sidelines of a meeting of agriculture Ministers of G20.
“The question of full or partial lifting of restrictions on supplies of Turkish fruits and vegetables to the Russian market should be discussed in conjunction with the removal of the Turkish side opposing restrictions on Russian products — milk products, poultry, beef, lamb,” said the head of the Ministry.
The Minister stressed that Moscow will be based on “national security considerations” when making decisions about the current food embargo.
In October last year, Russia withdrew from the embargo of the Turkish fruit and vegetable products — fresh and dried oranges and tangerines, peaches and nectarines, apricots, plums. Thus preserved the ban on the importation of chickens and turkeys, clove, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower, apples and pears, grapes, strawberries and strawberries, chewing gum and salt.
In November it was reported that the Ministry of agriculture proposed economic development not to allow the import of Turkish tomatoes for another two to three years. The initiative was explained by the active development of domestic greenhouses.
Moscow imposed against Ankara a number of sanctions, including banned the import of certain goods, once in November 2015, the Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 that participated in the operation against the militants in Syria. In June 2016, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the incident, then restrictions were gradually removed.
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