The Russian government issued a decree authorizing imports of citrus and stone fruit from Turkey. The corresponding document, dated October 9, published on the government website.

That Moscow allows the return of Turkish fruits to the Russian market, declared on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin after a meeting in Istanbul with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “This decision is mutually beneficial, Russian agriculture does not produce such products,” – said Putin.

Published on Tuesday, the Cabinet decree amends presidential decree in November 2015 in Russia was banned the import from Turkey of certain goods for agricultural products.

From this list of excluded fresh or dried oranges, mandarins, clementines, wilkings and similar citrus hybrids, fresh apricots and peaches, including nectarines plums and sloes.

From 1 January 2016 Moscow in response to the attack on the Turkish air force su-24 in Syria, has imposed a ban on shipments from Turkey of certain vegetables, fruits, raw meat and flowers and suspended a visa-free regime and imposed restrictions for Turkish citizens to work in Russia.

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.

In August, Putin following the meeting, Erdogan said that Moscow intends to gradually lift restrictions on the Turkish producers. The Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev admitted that the ban on imports of vegetables and fruits from Turkey will be lifted in 2016.

Published the decree of the Russian government with the list of Turkish fruits that are allowed to return to Russia 11.10.2016

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