: Russia threatens Turkey with new import restrictions

15:30 Mar. 30, 2016

Russia threatens Turkey with new import restrictions

A man puts on a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing a fruit crown during a protest against the Russian food ban giving food away at Plaza Callao on September 5, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.(Getty Images)

Turkish officials used to come to negotiate any disputable issues that arose.

Head of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Sergey Dankvert does not rule out that a ban may be introduced on all supplies of crop produce from Turkey, Prime news agency reported.

"We will have to impose restrictions on all supplies of crop produce [from Turkey]. This may happen within a month," Dankvert said. "Nowadays, they only send letters saying that "corrective measures have been carried out" to remedy the violations."

"So we began with restricting some part of supplies, and then we will act depending on further detection [of violations]," he added.

"I think we will introduce [restrictions] according to the name [of products], or just introduce them against all [products] if we do not get into contact [with the Turkish side], or discussions fail," Dankvert added.

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Russia had banned from January 1, 2016 imports of certain products from Turkey, including cuts and edible offal of chicken and turkey, fresh and chilled tomatoes, onions and shallots, cauliflower and cabbage, broccoli, cucumber, fresh and dried orange and tangerine, grape, apple, pear, apricot, peach and nectarine, plum and sloe berry, strawberries and wild strawberries.

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In addition, Rsselkhoznadzor has introduced temporary restrictions on supplies of peppers and pomegranates originating from Turkey starting from March 17.

Reporting by UNIAN

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