MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Turkey’s relevant agencies do not confirm that restrictions have been imposed on imports of Russian wheat, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ministry Aleksei Gruzdev said Friday.
"We’ve met [representatives of - TASS] relevant agencies of Turkey, the Economy Ministry and Agriculture Ministry do not confirm that any restrictions have been imposed. We are currently verifying the information, particularly with participants of the business community and companies related to supplies," he said.
Earlier on Friday President of Russia’s Grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky told TASS that Turkey has suspended issuance of licenses for duty-free import of sunflower oil, wheat and corn from Russia. According to Zlochevsky, Turkish contractors of Russian exporters have informed about it. Russian exporters are now obliged to pay a duty amounting to 130%.
The new terms of grain supplies to Turkey are very unprofitable for Russia, official spokesperson of Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor Yuliya Melano told TASS. She added that Russia may redirect its supplies destined for Turkey to new markets and find new contractors because of unprofitable terms of grain exports.
According to the data provided to the Federal Customs Service, Russian producers delivered 4.7 mln tonnes of grain to Turkey last year, including 2.6 mln tonnes of wheat and 838,000 tonnes of corn.