ANKARA, 2 December. /Corr. Kirill Zharov/. Turkey will not send to Russia of food for $764 million in 2016, if the sanctions will be in effect for all future years. This was stated by the Minister of agriculture and livestock of Turkey, Faruk çelik, responding to a live TV channel TRT on questions of local journalists.
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“At the moment 160 tons of fruit and vegetables returned from Russia (not been turned back at the border – approx.Corr). The total cost prohibited by Russia for import of products of $764 million, the figure given in annual terms for the period after 1 January,” he said. The Minister said that the cargo on the same amount of Turkish exporters of agricultural products will not be able to send in the Russian Federation after January 1, 2016, if the sanctions will be in effect for all future years. The total annual volume of the Turkish exports of agriculture and livestock to Russia, according to çelik, is $1.26 billion.
The Minister also noted that at this stage his Department is “not responsible for formulating a response” to the sanctions of the Russian Federation. “Work is continuing on the redirect returned from Russia goods to other markets. Estimated losses of the exporters. The government at the highest level will closely monitor the likely problems of our exporters,” the Minister said. He noted that the leadership of Turkey and heads of departments made preparations to prevent the negative effects of sanctions. “Now to particularly worry about. The Russian side seems to be giving another month (until 1 January). I hope that during this month the situation will improve and we will be able to discuss, given the strategic nature of our bilateral relations,” says çelik.
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He also noted that the government and relevant agencies “to develop plans (response) in connection with the crisis processes in bilateral relations”. “It is quite natural, these plans respond to the development crisis. As said the Prime Minister, we need a “plan B”. If need be, on the relevant measures will be announced, and maybe don’t need to do that,” çelik said.
On 8 November the President of Russia Vladimir Putin 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.” In accordance with the decree introduces a ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain types of Turkish goods. A ban were vegetables and fruits, forming the basis of Turkish exports. According to the government resolution dated 1 December, Turkey will not be able to export strawberries, 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. In addition, the ban affected the import of frozen parts of carcasses and offal of turkeys and chickens, fresh carnations and salt.