Minister: Kiev is ready to replace Russian supplies products to Turkey

Minister: Kiev is ready to replace Russian supplies products to Turkey


Ukraine is ready to double the delivery to Turkey of grain, corn and oil, said the head of Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Belarus Alexei Pavlenko.

KYIV, 29 Nov. The head of the Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko expressed readiness to increase deliveries to Turkey of grain, corn and oil in the case of restrictions imposed by other suppliers.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that talking about possible restriction of export of Russian grain to Turkey is premature. The head of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, in turn, had previously expressed hope that Turkey will not abandon the purchase of Russian grain.

“The Ukrainian agricultural sector is ready to act as a guarantor of food security of Turkey. If the traditional partners of Turkey will apply sanctions, that is, will cease to supply grain, Ukraine is ready to increase supplies of grain, corn and oil at least twice. Turkey is a long — standing and reliable partner of Ukraine, we are ready to act as a guarantor of food security of this country. Thus, Ukraine will be able to replace Russia on the Turkish market”, — wrote the Ukrainian Minister on Sunday on his page on Facebook.

Pavlenko noted that Ukraine has a sufficient number of products of appropriate quality, to meet the needs of Turkish consumers in the case of the introduction of export restrictions from Russian Federation.

According to the Minister, within 10 months of the current year Ukraine has already exported to Turkey of agricultural products almost 566 million. In the case of the introduction of Russian food embargo against Turkey Ukraine may considerably increase these figures by an additional supply of wheat, corn, barley, pulses and oil, said the Minister.

On Saturday, the press service of the Kremlin reported about the presidential decree on measures to ensure national safety and on special economic measures against Turkey. In particular, the President ordered to impose a ban on Charter air services between countries have banned employers from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey, decided to prohibit or limit activities under the jurisdiction of the Turkish organizations in Russia and ordered to prohibit or restrict the importation of certain Turkish products.

On Tuesday the Russian su-24 aircraft crashed in Syria. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced that the plane was shot down by a rocket type “air-air” with a Turkish F-16s over Syrian territory and fell in Syria four kilometers from the border with Turkey. The Russian President called it a “stab in the back” by the accomplices of terrorists.