Ulyukayev: Russia may permit the import of Turkish fruit and vegetables before the end of the year

ISTANBUL, October 9 — RIA Novosti/Prime. Russia can till the end of this year to allow imports of some types of fruits and vegetables from Turkey, but the ban on the export of Turkish agricultural products will be removed in stages, said the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev following the meeting with the Minister of economy of Turkey Nihat Zeybekci.

Russia under specter against Turkey from January 1, 2016 banned the import from this country of a number of fruits and vegetables. The list includes oranges and tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, including nectarines, plums and sloes, strawberries, tomatoes, onions and shallots, cauliflowers, broccoli, cucumbers. Under the restrictions were also carcasses and offal of chickens and turkeys, salt and cloves.

“It will be done in stages, we will not immediately solve all the goods,” Ulyukayev told reporters.

“The opportunity, of course, remains. And we are preparing for this, we have prepared some suggestions for lifting the ban on access of certain agricultural products. Not all, but some of them,” — said the speaker, answering the question of whether the ban on the supply side of agricultural products to be withdrawn before the end of this year.

The Minister did not say, the importation of some products will be allowed in the first place. According to the speaker, a niche for Turkish products is not fully occupied on the Russian market. “There is another range of products that is unparalleled in our or has them in a limited size. For example, citrus fruits — oranges. Why can’t they come back?”, — said Ulyukayev.

Ulyukayev also noted that the Turkish Minister promised to take under its control questions relating to restrictions on Turkish imports from the Russian Federation of milk and meat.

“The class dairy products the whole principle is not allowed, and a number of our agriculture there is a single tariff and non-tariff restrictions. Industry is glass, tires, metal, what we are concerned, artificially creates a barrier. We would like of course to make natural concessions to the Turkish side and to a natural assignment for our producers,” concluded the speaker.