Russia bans import of Turkish vegetables, fruits, poultry, salt from Jan 1.Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the list of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs of Turkish origin, banned from import to Russia from January 1, 2016.
In addition to the vegetables and fruits already announced by the Russian authorities, the list now includes poultry (frozen parts and byproducts of chickens and turkeys), salt and fresh cloves.
Russia has also put on hold its mixed intergovernmental Russian commission for trade and economic cooperation with Turkey, suspended negotiations on an intergovernmental agreement on trade and investments and on a midterm program for cooperation in the scientific-technological and cultural fields for 2016-2019 and suspended the visa-free regime for all Turkish ordinary passport holders, starting from January 1, 2016.
Moreover, Russia has imposed a ban on charter flights to Turkey starting December 1, except for flights designed to return Russian tourists from that country.
The validity period and the nature of restrictive measures which are being imposed on Turkey may be changed with due account of Turkey's actions.
Under the Russian government's resolution the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the Foreign Ministry are instructed jointly with interested federal authorities to monitor the implementation of this document.
On the basis of this monitoring these agencies "if necessary and with due account of Turkey's actions will be able to submit relevant proposals for changing the validity period and the nature of special economic and other measures," which are envisioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree regarding Turkey, the government's resolution said.
The document said that the resolution on restrictive measures concerning Turkey takes effect from the day of its official publication and will be in effect until special economic and other measures introduced by the relevant presidential decree are cancelled.
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