Media reported that Turkey has imposed restrictions on import of Russian wheat

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Restrictions on duty-free supplies of wheat from Russia to Turkey was imposed by the Turkish authorities 7-10 days ago, but they have not been officially announced, informs Agency Bloomberg with reference to the Chairman of the Association of suppliers of grain Turkey Gulfem Eren.

According to the National Association of exporters of agricultural products (NAESP), the Turkish authorities have imposed new restrictions on the import of wheat from Russia, Russia should account for 20-25% of all issued licenses for the import of wheat in the mode of internal processing, which gives the right to duty-free import of goods. Executive Director, oil and fat Union of Russia Mikhail Maltsev has told RIA Novosti that similar restrictions were imposed in respect of sunflower oil.

Eren confirmed to Bloomberg, the introduction of new restrictions on the supply of wheat. According to her, they were introduced «is about 7-10 days ago and has not been officially announced.»

The Turkish authorities since March 15, changed the procedure for the import of certain agricultural products for processing in the country, including wheat and sunflower oil. Russia is not included in the list of countries eligible for duty-free delivery. Representatives of the Turkish business explained such measures by the fact that Russia has not lifted completely the ban on the export of products from Turkey, including tomatoes.

In early may Russian President Vladimir Putin after talks with the head of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan announced agreement on a «comprehensive decision on the lifting of restrictive measures in mutual trade», indicating that restrictions on the supply of tomatoes is saved. He explained that this issue is linked to the payback period of costs of the Russian manufacturers. Turkey abolished in March introduced restrictions on wheat and sunflower oil.

Monday, may 22, Russia and Turkey signed in Istanbul a joint statement on mutual lifting of trade restrictions. The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev confirmed that the restrictions on tomatoes will remain in force.