A month ago, the Turks tried to convince the Rosselkhoznadzor not to realize the threat to ban the import of Turkish products in Russia. And now suddenly there is information that Ankara is ready to be from supplies, not covered by the embargo. To date, the Russian market still remained Turkish lemons, nuts and bananas. They did not dare to touch, because the restrictions would hurt the Russian consumer.
This is especially true for lemons: nine out of ten of these citrus fruits in our country supply the Turkish manufacturers. We even managed to agree that the Ministry of agriculture of Turkey will promptly provide to the Russian sanitary services evidence control of quarantine parasites, in particular, California trips, because of which the obstruction was subjected to Turkish eggplants, peppers and pomegranates. But after the negotiation process came to a standstill.
In Rosselkhoznadzor “MK” reported that Turkey officially no statements about the termination of deliveries of vegetables and fruit in Russia did not. However, this conclusion arises because the documents that would have served as proof of combat pests, from the Turkish side is still not received. This demarche experts have dubbed political. Russia has repeatedly hinted to Turkey that relations between Moscow and Ankara can be restored, if the Turkish authorities to fulfill three conditions: an apology for the downed aircraft, will punish the persons involved in the incident and compensate for the Russian side, the cost of the bomber. In turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he did not understand what was going on. The current behavior of the Turkish side very similar to what the Turks are resigned to the fact of a rupture of relations between the two countries, at least until Erdogan is in power. That is why it was decided to play in advance and not continue to supply, which at any moment anyway would be banned.
“I don’t think in this case took into account the opinion of ordinary farmers. The export of fruit and vegetables is one of the serious articles of the Turkish economy, but because of the sanctions, the domestic market is already crowded. Moreover, the Turks themselves never eat the lemons, which comes to the Russian market”, – said the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on agrarian policy of the Federation Council Irina Hecht.
Nevertheless, the Rosselkhoznadzor believe that the demarche to the Turks, Russian consumers will not even notice. “Of the total volume supplied once Turkey products out of the ban remain today only 2% of fruits and vegetables. They are not difficult to replace,” – said the official representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia Melano.
Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the RF CCI Committee for the development of agriculture Pavel Grudinin expressed the view that the import of foreign vegetables and fruits in the summer, by definition, must decrease as the season comes to a domestic producer. It is clear that the lemons in the fields near Moscow hardly will ever grow up, just changing the provider. Moreover, a new crop of citrus in Turkey will gather in the autumn. Nuts we have started to supply Iran. Irina Geghi recalled that a similar story was in the winter with Turkish tangerines, after the ban they were quickly replaced by fruits from Abkhazia. In addition to Turkish vegetables and fruit always remains “loophole” through neighbouring countries – Azerbaijan and Belarus, through which comes a large proportion of the sanctions products.
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