Putin surprised by the drop in the export of fruit from Morocco to the Russian Federation under embargo from the EU

MOSCOW, March 15. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin admitted that he does not understand why dropped supplies of Moroccan fruit to Russia.

“We have a wonderful relationship, but surprisingly, we observed a decrease in turnover, including articles on traditional Moroccan products,” said the head of the Russian state, starting negotiations with the king of Morocco Mohammed VI.

“I don’t understand why fell the supply of Moroccan fruits, oranges, tomatoes to Russia, especially because we have certain restrictions on import of these products from EU countries”, – Putin said.

The Russian leader recalled that half a century ago the USSR with the visit of Hassan II – the father of the present king of Morocco, during his visit were in fact established relations between the two countries. “I am confident that this visit will create momentum for the development of interstate relations”, – said the President of the Russian Federation.

In addition to economic topics, he invited Mohammed VI to exchange views on the situation in the middle East.

The king of Morocco said that in accompanying him to Moscow the delegation included the Minister of agriculture, so it will be possible to discuss the reasons for the decline of exports of Moroccan products in the Russian Federation.


The trade turnover between Russia and Morocco in 2015 decreased compared with the previous year by 34% to $1 billion due to the unfavorable situation on global markets and currency fluctuations. Such data are given in the materials for the negotiations of Russian President Vladimir Putin met with king of Morocco Mohammed VI.

Relations between the two countries have successfully implemented agricultural cooperation, according to the materials. Russia is one of the major suppliers of wheat to Morocco.

It is also reported that the Russian quota overfishing in the exclusive economic zone of Morocco will be increased from 100 thousand to 140 thousand tons per year.