The agriculture Ministry submitted to the Cabinet proposals for the import of tomatoes from Turkey

© Flickr / missy & the universeПомидоры. Archival photoThe agriculture Ministry submitted to the Cabinet proposals for the import of tomatoes from Turkey© Flickr / missy & the universe

Russia’s agriculture Ministry has sent the government its proposal on the mechanism for the resumption of the import of tomatoes from Turkey, said the Deputy head of the Ministry of agriculture Evgeny Gromyko.

«The agriculture Ministry sent its proposals to the government on the mechanism of renewal of deliveries of tomatoes from Turkey to Russia. The work is conducted», — told reporters Gromyko.

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. Then the restrictions were partially lifted. By early June, the ban was in force in respect of frozen meat and offal of chickens and turkeys, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh grapes, apples, pears, strawberries and strawberries.

In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor in 2016 has imposed a ban on supplies to Russia of Turkish tomato, pepper, pomegranate, eggplant, lettuce and iceberg lettuce, zucchini and pumpkins. In early June 2017, the government lifted the embargo on Turkish products besides tomatoes. The Rosselkhoznadzor from September 1 allowed the importation of lettuce, iceberg, peppers, zucchini and pumpkins with 9 companies of Turkey, but the ban on tomatoes is still in effect.

The Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev said that the Ministry of agriculture does not exclude export of tomatoes from Turkey out of season of their production in Russia, for example, winter-spring, and in small volumes. Another condition that was put forward by the Russian authorities — the import of tomatoes from a limited number of Turkish companies.