– Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he discussed with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, further steps towards removing the remaining restrictions to trade in agricultural products. In a statement following the talks, Putin recalled that “in the development of agreements on the results of our meeting with Mr. Erdogan in Ankara from 30 October resumed imports of many products from Turkey”.
“We have discussed joint measures on the elimination of restrictions on other types of agricultural products”, – Putin said. In turn, Erdogan said that Ankara expects the removal of remaining trade restrictions with Russia.
“During my visit in March in Russia my dear friend, Mr. Putin cheered us, saying that already lifted restrictions on imports of certain agricultural crops to Russia, as well as issues of visa-free regime for the citizens of Turkey. Since that time, our intensive contacts continued continues on elimination of all existing problems,” Erdogan said following the talks.
In addition, he noted that at a recent meeting of the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental Commission decisions were taken on the facilitation of the import of tomatoes, eggplants and pomegranates and other crops.
“But we wish that all other restrictions have also been eliminated,” – said the President of Turkey.
As reported, in early October, Ankara has introduced a procedure under which exporters had to register contracts for the supply of Russian grain to the Embassy or representative offices of Turkey. This greatly complicated the procedure of registration of exports. The introduction of a new order market experts connected with the fact that Russia has only partially eased the restrictions on imports of Turkish tomatoes is actually keeping it (only three companies from Turkey received the right to import to the Russian Federation not more than 50 thousand tons of tomatoes, and only in the off-season, despite the fact that before the ban deliveries amounted to 360 thousand tonnes).
Last week first Deputy Minister of agriculture of Russia Dzhambulat Hatuov declared that all questions connected with the export of grain to Turkey, at the moment solved. Since the beginning of the agricultural year (i.e., July, 2017) Turkey, according to the Ministry of agriculture, ranked second after Egypt among the leading buyers of Russian grain.