The Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation: importers of grain can become countries in the Middle East

The Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation: importers of grain can become countries in the Middle East


In the event of termination of the export of grain to Turkey importers can act countries in the Middle East and Africa, said the press service of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation.

MOSCOW, 8 Dec. Importers of Russian grain, if it purchases refuse Turkey can act countries in the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq and Libya, as well as African States, said the press service of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said about the possible introduction of retaliatory sanctions against Russia if necessary. At the same time, he expressed hope that the crisis with Russia will be overcome, and these measures do not have to resort. Turkey is one of the leading buyers of Russian wheat.

“In the event of termination of the export of grain to Turkey importers can act countries in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and others) and Africa (Morocco, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Gambia, Cameroon, Kenya, and others),” said the Ministry.

The Ministry of agriculture also reported that in 10 months in 2015 the Russian Federation exported to Turkey food for 1.4 billion dollars. The principal article of export from Russia grain, accounting for more than half of the deliveries in Turkey (56,1%, including wheat and meslin — 44,2%). “Since the beginning of 2015, we have exported to Turkey, 3.5 million tons of grain — almost 12% of the total volume of grain export”, — noted in press service.

In addition, Russia is exporting to Turkey sunflower oil (about 20% of supplies), food waste (10%), dried legumes (5% — beans, peas, lentils), and oilseeds (4%).

Relations of Russia and Turkey are in crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. President Vladimir Putin then signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and on the special economic measures against Turkey, and the government promulgated a regulation in furtherance of this decree. In particular, Russia from January 1, 2016 banned the import from Turkey of a number of products.