Turkish expert: embargo on citrus would cause the most damage to Turkey

Turkish expert: embargo on citrus would cause the most damage to Turkey


Heaviest on the Turkish economy will impact a ban on the supply to Russia of oranges and tomatoes, says Advisor to the President of the Association of agricultural chambers of Turkey Metin Turkyilmaz.

MOSCOW, 4 Dec. The ban on importation of citrus fruits and tomatoes will be the most sensitive measure in the food embargo imposed by Russia against Turkey, said the Agency Sputnik Advisor to the Chairman of the Association of agricultural chambers of Turkey Metin Turkyilmaz.

Russia from January 1, 2016 banned the import of Turkey from a range of products; including parts of carcasses and offal of chickens and turkeys, fresh and refrigerated tomatoes, onions and shallots, cauliflower and cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers and gherkins, fresh and dried oranges and tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums and sloes, strawberries. Relations of Russia and Turkey are in crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24.

“Effects of the food embargo imposed by Russia, will have the most impact on the Turkish economy because of the restrictions on foods such as oranges and tomatoes. Generally speaking, the greatest damage caused by the restriction on deliveries to Russia of citrus and some vegetable greenhouse crops”, — said Turkyilmaz in comments to the Agency.

At the same time, he stressed that “Turkey and Russia have the necessary potential and experience in diplomacy to resolve the crisis in relations”.

“They experience economic need in each other. For example, Turkey imports large amounts of Russian energy, and Russia is interested in purchases of Turkish agricultural products and light industry products. Given all this, Turkey and Russia should not allow hasty and drastic steps that could cause serious mutual damage. As soon as possible to overcome the tension by diplomatic means, to prevent further deterioration of relations and the increasing incidence of damage to the economies of both countries,” said Turkyilmaz.