Russia prohibits the importation of strawberries, mandarins, oranges, tomatoes and cucumbers from Turkey

Russia prohibits the importation of strawberries, mandarins, oranges, tomatoes and cucumbers from Turkey


MOSCOW, December 1. The government of the Russian Federation from January 1, 2016, prohibits the importation into Russia of a number of food products from Turkey. So, Turkey will not be able to deliver to Russia oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums, strawberries, and strawberries. In a positive list and also got vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli, onion.

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About it, according to the press service of the Cabinet, said the government resolution on measures to implement the presidential decree on special economic measures against Turkey.

Russia also prohibits from January 1, imports of frozen parts of carcasses of turkeys and chickens from Turkey. According to the decree, Moscow, Russia prohibits the importation of carnations from Turkey. Moreover, this prohibition does not apply to goods imported on the territory of Russia for personal use, to the extent permitted by the Eurasian economic Union.

The Ministry of industry and trade (Minpromtorg) and the Ministry of agriculture (Ministry of agriculture) of the Russian Federation should promptly monitor the prices and take measures to prevent their growth because of the ban on the import into Russia of some food from Turkey, the document says.

The volume of imports

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According to the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation, in 2014 the import of food and agricultural products from Turkey to Russia amounted to $1.7 billion and remained at the level of the previous year. Thus in the total Russian food imports to Turkey accounted for 4%. The main imports from Turkey in terms of value were fruit and vegetables, and nuts.

According to the Ministry of agriculture, for 10 months in 2015, imports of agricultural products and food from Turkey in value terms amounted to us $1,035 billion, which is 21.2% less than in the same period of 2014.

Ban charters

The Russian Federation prohibits Charter operations between Russia and Turkey from 1 December 2015, and introduces additional measures of aviation security on regular flights, is also mentioned in the resolution.

“To enter from 1 December 2015, a ban on Charter air transportation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, excluding special flights for the return of tourists to the Republic of Turkey, as well as to take additional measures aimed at ensuring the transport (aviation) security in the implementation of regular air communication with Turkey”, – the document says.

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Control in the sphere of tourism

The CPS needs to ensure control over the implementation of requirements to refrain from sale to the Russians of tours to Turkey, also stated in the resolution.

As reported, the Ministry of foreign Affairs (MFA) of Russia on 24 November, recommended that the Russians to refrain from traveling to Turkey because of the threat to their security. In turn, Rosturizm recommended Russian tour operators to suspend selling tours to Turkey and sending tourists in this country, directly or through third countries.

The largest Russian tour operators have agreed with the recommendation of the Federal tourism Agency. In particular, suspend the sale of tours to Turkey announced “Pegas Touristik”, “Natalie tours”, Tez Tour, Brisco, “Biblio Globus”, “Anex tour” and other companies.

As reported previously, the Federal tourism Agency, the Russians have the right to demand a full refund of the cost of tours to Turkey in connection with deterioration of conditions of travel. If the Russians decided to interrupt a holiday in Turkey after recommendations of the foreign Ministry and the Federal tourism Agency, on the return of funds in the amount proportional to cost of not rendered services. According to the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR), about 6 thousand Russian tourists may cancel or replace the vouchers in Turkey.

Restrictive measures for companies

According to the decree of the Russian Federation from 2016 reduces the number of permits for Turkish carriers up to 2 thousand units.

“To take measures to reduce the amount transferred to the Republic of Turkey to 2016 Russian permissions, granting the right to Turkish carriers on the implementation of the bilateral road transport of up to 2000 units”, – stated in the decree of 30 November.

Also, the Russian government has instructed the economic development Ministry jointly with interested Federal Executive authorities to submit, by December 10 of the current year a draft decision on the list of organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey, for which a ban or restrictions on execution by them separate types of works on the territory of Russia.

In addition, the government instructed the Ministry of economic development to determine the list of contracts with Turkish organizations in respect of which the special economic measures shall not be applied.

The suspension of the Commission for cooperation

The Cabinet also suspended the activities of the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic cooperation.

“To suspend the activities of the mixed intergovernmental Russian-Turkish Commission on trade and economic cooperation, formed in accordance with the agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the Republic of Turkey on creation of the joint intergovernmental Russian-Turkish Commission on trade and economic cooperation dated 14 may 1992”, – the document says.

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The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation charged in accordance with the established procedure to send the Turkish side notified.

The government instructed the Ministry of economic development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly with interested Federal Executive bodies to monitor the execution of the decision. The ministries are also charged if necessary by the actions of Turkey to make suggestions about changing the duration or nature of the special economic and other measures prescribed by presidential decree.

The suspension of the negotiations in trade in services and investment

The Russian government has instructed the Ministry of economic development (med) jointly with the Federal Executive authorities to suspend negotiations with Turkey on the draft agreement on trade in services and investment. This is stated in the government decree issued by the press service of the Cabinet.

In addition, the Ministry is mandated to suspend negotiations on the draft medium-term programme of trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the Republic of Turkey 2016-2019, as well as creating a Russian-Turkish joint Fund to Finance investment projects in Russia and Turkey.

Attack on Russian bomber has led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the countries

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The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on November 28 signed a decree “On measures for safeguarding national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic.” The document, including a ban or restriction on imports from Turkey of certain goods, the list of which is set by the government.

As previously reported, the fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 on November 24 shot down a Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for Russian-Turkish relations. According to the head of state, the Turkish air force attack on the Russian plane, which was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.