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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Medvedev suburban ate a cucumber and decided not to push the abolition of the Turkish sanctions

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev inspected the suburban greenhouse. Tasting local tomatoes, cucumbers, he promised the farmers not to rush into making a decision on resumption of exports of Turkish fruits and vegetables to Russia. And the business Ombudsman Boris Titov advised the officials before entering or to remove the sanctions to ask opinions on this issue among economists, and entrepreneurs.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Employees of the greenhouse complex MATVEEVSKOE in Moscow, where they grow cucumbers and tomatoes, complained to the head of the government, that cheap Turkish tomatoes may soon again to oust the Russian and the domestic manufacturer, as always, will remain with the nose”.

Medvedev sought to reassure the people. “No decisions was not accepted, we will discuss with Turkish partners, why and how, but it does not mean that we immediately ran and opened. the Prime Minister said. – The decision was made only one – in relation to tourist routes”.

No details of the high-ranking guest said. Unanswered two fundamental questions: when and what exactly will be allowed to import? Interestingly, on the eve of Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets announced the imminent lifting of all sanctions against Turkey.

We will remind, Russia six months ago imposed a ban on the import of food products from Turkey after November 2015, the Turkish fighter jet shot down our bomber su-24. Restrictions also touched on charters, the sale of tours, work in Russia Turkish construction companies.

However, once in late June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought a written apology, Vladimir Putin turned the situation 180 degrees, signing a decree that lifted a ban on Charter flights, and has instructed the Cabinet to start negotiations on the resumption of trade with the Republic. Currently, the most points the sanctions formally apply.

After the Turks a “green light”, in what no doubt, Russian farmers, there really is something to fear.

In 2014, Russia imported from Turkey of agricultural products and food for $1.8 billion Turkish delivery in the total volume of Russian imports of these products amounted to 4.3%. The share of fruits, fruits and nuts accounted for 46.9% of imports, including 23% for citrus, 10.8 per cent of grapes. The share of vegetables 34%, including to 24.9% for fresh tomatoes. Turkey is still one of the largest suppliers of pepper, lettuce and cabbage, do not fall under the embargo.

To replace this amount in the coming years Russia needs to build at least two thousand hectares of greenhouses in order to produce about one million tons of vegetables. This is the number annually imported into the country during the off-season. Plus Russia imports about half a million tons of vegetables grown in the open ground.

One of the first against the rapid withdrawal of Turkish food embargo by business Ombudsman Boris Titov. “The limitations of Turkey turned in one day. – he complained. Today, domestic producers of vegetables laid a huge amount of greenhouse capacity and, of course, they will have an impact when the market falls. But I would say about another impact on the economy – these unpredictable, fast, not very strong measures such as sanctions and their lifting. The economy is not a toy, this is a complex mechanism that is set up over the years. If slightly to move, the consequences will be felt over the years. Of course, politics is important, but when we apply action and cancel them, it should be coordinated with economists that will predict the medium-term and long-term impact. It is impossible to make such a volatile decision.”

Relations between Russia and Turkey. Chronicle of events

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