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Large Russian companies ask government for exemption from anti-Turkey sanctions — official

January 13, 18:38 UTC+3
Russia imposed sanctions against Turkey after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria
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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Russia’s largest retail savings bank Sberbank and several big companies have requested the Economic Development Ministry to include them in the list of exemptions from anti-Turkey sanctions, First Deputy Economy Minister Alexey Likhachyov said on Wednesday.

"Many Russian companies are applying, including Sberbank, with the request of a possible exclusion from the Russian counter-measures," the deputy minister said.

Likhachyov told TASS earlier that the Economic Development Ministry would submit a list of future contracts to the government for their exemption from Russia’s counter-measures as was stipulated by the Russian president’s decree.

The exemptions will deal with security and the issues related to the impossibility of substituting particular services, as well as the issues related to the fulfillment of budget obligations and international commitments. The Russian Economic Development Ministry will also take into account the requests of Russian regions, the first deputy economy minister said.

As was reported earlier, the Russian government has approved a list of works banned from January 1, 2016 for fulfillment by organizations under Turkey’s jurisdiction, as well as by organizations controlled by Turkish citizens and (or) entities under Turkey’s jurisdiction.

The list of these works includes the construction of buildings, engineering structures and specialized construction operations, architectural activity, engineering and technical designing, technical tests, survey and analysis.

This list also applies to the activity of travel agencies and other organizations offering services in the sphere of tourism, the work of hotels and other temporary accommodation places, the fulfillment of works and the provision of services for ensuring state and municipal needs, as well as timber processing.

The document was submitted to the government in fulfillment of the Russian president’s decree of November 28, 2015 on measures to ensure Russian national security and protecting Russian citizens from criminal and other unlawful actions and on applying special economic measures against Turkey.

Russia imposed sanctions against Turkey after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria.

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