In Transcarpathia paralyzed traffic at the border because of the resumption of trade between Russia and Turkey
In the Transcarpathian region at a checkpoint “Djakovo”, located on the Ukrainian-Romanian border, has accumulated dozens of trucks returning from Russia to Turkey. Many kilometers of traffic jams paralyzed the movement in nearby villages and districts, said on Thursday, in Transcarpathian regional state administration.
Transcarpathian Governor Gennady Moskal said that “Djakovo” today is the only checkpoint in the region on the border with Romania, passing trucks. According to him, after the improvement of Russian-Turkish relations, the flow of trucks from Turkey to Russia and back increased tenfold.
In the Transcarpathian administration also noted that traffic on the border was formed because of the work of the Romanian customs officials, who miss not more than 100 trucks per day. In turn, the Ukrainian customs officers are ready to process documents quickly, the stress in the local administration.
Previously, in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the special session of the 23rd World energy Congress in Istanbul and met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The visit of the head of state has adopted a number of important decisions, including the lifting of the ban on imports of Turkish fruits in the Russian Federation.
“The government has decided to allow the Russian market a whole group of Turkish goods, the so-called stone fruit and citrus products. This decision is mutually beneficial, Russian agriculture does not produce such products. But the entry of Turkish products may lead, we hope, to lower prices in the domestic market”, – declared Putin.
Following the meeting with his Turkish counterpart Russian President also noted that this decision will, in fact, the “market” for Turkish partners. “The sales volume of these products amounted to $ 500 million last year, so this is a significant decision,” – said Putin.
Recall, after the incident with the Russian su-24 bomber that was shot down in the skies over Syria, the Turkish air force, Moscow has imposed on Ankara’s economic sanctions. From 1 January this year, Russia banned the import of foodstuffs from Turkey. In particular, this country could not supply Russia with strawberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums and strawberries.
In the restrictive list were vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli, onion) and frozen cuts and offal of turkeys and chickens. Also prohibited was the Turkish cloves and salt. Later, Russian officials stated several times that they can impose restrictions on the import of Turkish vegetables and fruit, not placed under economic sanctions. Under the ban can be applied to any plant products that are not included in the sanctions list, if it does not meet safety standards, they said, for example, in the Rosselkhoznadzor.
On 17 March, the Rosselkhoznadzor imposed a ban on the import of pepper and pomegranate from Turkey. The Ministry also did not rule out the possibility of a ban of import of Chinese cabbage and lettuce. The Rosselkhoznadzor invited the Turkish side to Moscow to discuss the situation with the supply of plant products to Russia. As stated earlier, the Minister of agriculture of Russia Alexander Tkachev, Russia may replace the Turkish crop supplies from other countries. So, instead of Turkey vegetables and fruits can supply Azerbaijan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Morocco, and South Africa.