Russia supplied the first batch of beef to Turkey

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece in photobackpack meat in the package. Archival photoRussia supplied the first batch of beef to Turkey© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Timepiece the image Bank

Russia supplied the first batch of beef to Turkey, looking forward to the opening of the Chinese market for its meat, said Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Gordeev during his working trip to the Tver region.

Putin meeting with Erdogan joked that he would go with him to the restaurant only when the Turkish institution will start deliveries of Russian meat.

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«Turkey is a special market for the consumption of meat products. The first batch of beef supplied to the market of Turkey,» — said Gordeev.

«We already have direct applications as Turkey and many Middle Eastern countries related to the supply of beef. We still hope that will open the Chinese market for us, there are prospects,» he added.

According to him, Russia has great prospects and poultry, needs to address the issue of administrative barriers.

«The question is, in fact, only one — so we can break through administrative barriers used by many countries and governments. I think that is the issue that lies just on the government, the Ministry of agriculture. And, I hope, in the course of negotiations we will manage to solve this problem,» — said Deputy Prime Minister.

He said that Russia in 2017 exported 300 thousand tons of meat products. «20 years ago we in the structure of consumption of meat products was about 70% of imports. Today we are entering for export. The challenge in the next six years to increase the supply of meat products for export to 1 million tons,» — said Gordeev.