Media: Turkey has imposed new import restrictions on Russian wheat

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece in fotomontage wheat in the Krasnodar region. Archival photoMedia: Turkey has imposed new import restrictions on Russian wheat© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece the image Bank

Turkey imposed new restrictions on the import of Russian wheat now Russia should account for 20-25% of all issued import licenses, the newspaper «Vedomosti».

Top-managers of two Russian exporters specialized in supplying in Turkey, confirmed the publication of this information. The representative of the Ministry of agriculture announced that the official information on this subject from the Turkish side has not received.

According to the newspaper, we are talking about licenses for the supply of wheat in the mode of internal recycling: this license allows you to put grain into the country duty-free for processing and subsequent export, explains one of the traders, this mode operates in Turkey for all countries to protect the domestic market. Turkey from 15 March stopped issuing licenses for the export of Russian agricultural products in such a mode, the newspaper reminds.

Russia introduced an embargo on the supply of Turkey a number of products from 1 January 2016 in response to the attack on the Turkish air force Russian su-24 in Syria. In October last year, the Russian government decided to prevent the domestic market Turkish stone fruits and citrus. Later lifted the ban for other products. Under the ban remained supply of frozen Turkey meat and offal of chickens and turkeys, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh grapes, apples, pears, strawberries.

In early may Russian President Vladimir Putin after talks with the head of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced agreement on a «comprehensive decision on the lifting of restrictive measures in mutual trade». The restrictions on deliveries of tomatoes from Turkey to Russia is saved.

For Turkey Russia is a strategic supplier of agricultural products: in recent years, 70-75% of flour in Turkey was made from Russian wheat, according to the publication. Russia, in turn, delivers to Turkey 12-13% of the exported wheat. Also Turkey is the main buyer of high-quality wheat, and that’s the higher margin product. In fact, Turkey decided quotas on supplies of Russian wheat, said the publication Director of «Sovekon» Andrey Sizov, this is probably due to the fact that Russia has not yet lifted the ban on tomatoes.

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