Tkachev explained the continued embargo on Turkish tomatoes and cucumbers

The Russian government lifted the ban on the supply of Turkey, only the scarce vegetables. This was stated by the Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev on the sidelines of the field meeting of “United Russia”, reports “RIA Novosti”.

“Allowed to be imported only those positions that absolutely do not significantly influence [on the situation in the Russian food market .]. Moreover, they are scarce for us,” said the Minister.

The import of Turkish tomatoes and cucumbers are still prohibited, said Tkachyov. “The position of the Ministry of agriculture the following — we understand that this niche we have to take and feed the Russian people vegetables Russian production”, — said the head of the Ministry of agriculture.

To predict as to how many can last an embargo on the import of Turkish tomatoes and cucumbers, Tkachev did not. He noted that “the issue is primarily political.”

Last week, the Russian government lifted the ban on imports of certain products from Turkey. We are talking about the supply of cloves, onions, cauliflower and broccoli.

The ban on import of products to Russia from Turkey were introduced after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 near the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015. The embargo came into force from January 2016. Under the ban, then came the Turkish tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, onion shallots cauliflower, broccoli and a number of other agricultural products.