Likhachev: sanctions against Turkey will not have a negative impact on the construction industry of the Russian Federation

Likhachev: sanctions against Turkey will not have a negative impact on the construction industry of the Russian Federation


MOSCOW, December 30. Risks for the Russian economy from sanctions for Turkey will be minimized qualifying exemptions, which will also reduce possible damage to Turkish construction and tourism business. This was announced by first Deputy Minister of economic development Alexey Likhachev.

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“We will do all that for the Russian companies, subjects of the Russian Federation to minimize the negative effect of all this. To do this, in fact, made the seizure. Of course, there are certain risks associated with commodity deliveries, and the supply of services, but I hope that we will be able to use the tools in the decree (the President – ed.) are, to minimize” – he said, commenting on the approved list certain types of work, prohibit from 1 January 2016 in respect of Turkish companies.

Likhachev noted that by the end of 2014, the volume of import to Russia of the Turkish services amounted to 9.7 billion dollars, of which $ 6.6 billion tourism, $ 2.6 billion – construction.

“The theoretical loss, which would actually be considerably less, given the grandfather clause, that is, taking into account already signed contracts and exemptions, which will decide the government of the Russian Federation. That is potentially theoretically, the volume of these services in 2014 – 9 billion. But having two seizures, he will clearly be considerably less,” – said Likhachev.

According to him, distribution of sanctions for construction services will not adversely affect the Russian construction industry.

“The fall in the construction industry is not associated with the performers, it depends on the overall situation in the economy, the falling demand. The substitution may occur not only in Russian companies, but also by attracting other builders, for example, from Belarus, China,” he added.

As previously reported, the Russian government has approved a list of certain types of work, prohibit from 1 January 2016 for implementation by organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey, as well as organizations controlled by the Turkish citizens and (or) the organisations under the jurisdiction of Turkey.

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The list includes construction of buildings, engineering structures and specialized construction works; activities in the field of architecture and engineering, technical testing, research and analysis; activities of travel agencies and other organizations providing services in the field of tourism; activity of hotels and other places for temporary accommodation; performance of works, rendering of services for state and municipal needs; processing of wood.

The document was submitted to the government pursuant to the decree of the President of Russia from November 28, 2015 “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 attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences

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

In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.

Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.

The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.