Russia not considering lifting embargo on Turkish goods

It may affect domestic agricultural producers, Russian minister says

Russia is not considering the possibility of lifting embargo on goods from Turkey because this may affect domestic agricultural producers, Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said on July 16.

"No such decisions have been made yet. As far as I know, the government is not considering his, neither does the Agriculture Ministry. We understand very well that is it dangerous for us now," Tkachev said adding that "opening this market will hit hard."

Many Russian producers have understood the signal and started developing domestic production, the minister noted.

On January 1, 2016, Russia imposed a ban on the import of a list of agricultural products from Turkey (including strawberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, some vegetables). The restrictive measures were taken after the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over the Syrian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian government to start negotiations with Turkey to restore cooperation in trade and other areas in June 2016.


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