Rosrybolovstvo: Turkish fish can be replaced by imports from Tunisia, Morocco and Chile

Rosrybolovstvo: Turkish fish can be replaced by imports from Tunisia, Morocco and Chile

MOSCOW, November 27. The share of Turkish fish catch in Russian shops is only 3%. Imports from Turkey can be filled with supplies from Tunisia, Morocco and Chile. This was stated by the head of the Federal Agency for fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) Ilya Shestakov on air of TV channel “Russia 24”.

As previously reported, the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation prepares proposals for restrictions on food supplies from Turkey.

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“The share of (Turkish fish on the Russian market – approx.) quite small – less than 3%. So to say that it will have any major impact on the Russian fish market, is impossible”, – said the head of Rosrybolovstvo possible ban on imports of fish from Turkey.

Earlier in Rosrybolovstvo noted that after Russia imposed food counter-sanctions against the USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway, the main suppliers of fish products to Russia were China, Chile, Vietnam, Faroe Islands and Turkey.

According to Shestakov, Turkey supplied Russia fish of premium class. “There are other countries that can supply these kinds of fish: sea bass and Dorado we can supply from Tunisia, Morocco. In a pinch, you can use and more distant countries, such as Chile,” he said.

“So no restrictions from the point of view of supply of Turkish fish the Russian consumer will not notice”, – assured the head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Russia will impose restrictions against Turkey and will freeze a number of joint projects in response to the attack on the Russian plane su-24. About this at the government meeting on 26 November, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

According to the Ministry of agriculture, for the first 10 months of 2015 the import of agricultural products and food from Turkey in value terms amounted to 1,035 billion, 21.2% less than in the same period of 2014.

Incident with plane

The 24 November 2015 incident when a Turkish F-16 over the territory of Syria have shot down a Russian su-24 bomber, provoked an acute political crisis in relations between Russia and Turkey.

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The Russian President Vladimir Putin described the actions of Ankara as “the blow that struck us in the back accomplices of terrorism” and stressed that this event would have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.

The Russian foreign Ministry and Rosturizm after recommended Russian citizens to refrain from traveling to Turkey because of the threat of safety of tourists.

The incident highlights deep divergences of Russia and Turkey on a number of political issues, chief among them being the settlement of the Syrian crisis and the participation of the Russian space forces in the fight against terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) in Syria.

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