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Russian Agriculture Ministry won't expand Turkish food imports ban

December 03, 2015, 10:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry will not expand the list of products banned for importing to Russia from Turkey, a representative of the ministry’s press service said on Thursday.

"The Ministry of Agriculture does not plan to expand the list of embargoed food products," the representative said.

As TASS reported earlier Russian government has banned supplies of a number of food products from Turkey to the Russian Federation from January 1, 2016. Thus, import of fruits (oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums, wild strawberries and strawberries) and vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow onions) will be banned starting from January 1. Also, supplies of frozen turkey, chicken, fresh Turkish pinks and salt has been banned. The ban though does not cover goods brought to the territory of the Russian Federation for personal use in the amount permitted by the Eurasian Economic Union.

Meanwhile, the ban does not cover chilled meat, fish, nuts, lemons and some other types of food, which are Turkey’s biggest items of import to Russia.

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