The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev admitted that Russia may cancel grocery embargo against Turkey before the end of the current year, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“Well, perhaps,” replied the Minister on the question of the possibility of lifting the embargo against Turkey until the end of 2016.
The Minister noted that before the lifting of restrictions necessary to ensure that the quality of the supplied to Russia the Turkish products meet the requirements of Rosselkhoznadzor.
A statement about the possible lifting of the embargo before the end of the year, Ulyukayev said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg. The meeting of Turkish and Russian leaders in the narrow format lasted about two hours. During the conversation, Erdogan expressed hope that Russia and Turkey will start to improve relations. At a press conference after the talks Putin said that in the near future in Turkey will be resumed Charter flights.
In late July, Ulyukayev said that Russia is unlikely to cancel the food embargo against Turkey before the meeting between Putin and Erdogan. The Minister noted that this issue will be resolved in bilateral, not unilateral”, due to the fact that Russia also needs to resolve some questions on the access of its goods to Turkey.
Russia has imposed sanctions against Turkey, including the ban on the export of some Turkish products and the ban on Charter flights after 24 November 2015, the Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian su-24 bomber near the Turkish-Syrian border.