Russia may ease Turkish tomato restrictions

May 17 , 2017

Russia could reportedly partially lift its ban on Turkish tomato imports later this month, following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s visit to Russia in early May. 

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday that a series of documents required for lifting sanctions on Turkey will be prepared this week, according to publication Dailysabah.

He added the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) summit in Istanbul on May 22 could be a milestone in terms of Turkish-Russian relations.

According to a report on the website Turkrus, a decision to “partially remove” the ban on Turkish tomatoes could be made in Moscow by the end of this month.

A previous meeting held on the issue between Dvorkovich and officials from Russia’s largest domestic tomato production companies in Moscow was referred to by Russian newspaper Izvestia in the publication “A door opens for Turkish tomatoes in Russia.”

According to Izvestia, the summit focused on “the conditions under which and how the ban on the Turkish tomato should be removed.”

It was also reported that Dvorkovich has made preparations in Moscow to solve the sanctions issue with Turkey and will soon submit a report to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Izvestia announced that the meeting held within the scope of the normalization of ties between Moscow and Ankara addressed issues including how and under what conditions the general Turkish tomato ban could be mitigated.

It also stated that one of the options on the Russian side is to allow the importing of Turkish tomatoes only during the winter season when domestic production cannot meet demand.

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