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According to a report by Tass on March 24, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union decreased tariffs on pistachios and figs for the foreseeable future and removed duties on dried grapes until the end of May 2019.

On the topic of nutrition

By Irina Koziy, general director of IA “FruitNews”

Already nearly a year and a half have gone by, and, for me, it's still difficult to understand why, of all things, were fish, meat, milk products, vegetables and fruits banned as a result of Russia's tussle with European countries, Ukraine and Turkey. After all, this list includes all the products that are of benefit to consumer health, and no less important are dried fruit and nuts.

From January to June of 2015, Russia's purchases of Uruguayan fruits and nuts decreased by 37 percent on the year for this period and amounted to US $3.193 million, compared to US $5.06 million in 2014.

Russian purchases of Chilean edible fruits, nuts, and fruit and melon rind products decreased on the year as a result of the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Purchases for this period in 2015 amounted to US $65.157 million, 17 percent less than in 2014 when the monetary value of purchases amounted to US $78.419 million.

Between January and June 2015, Iran shipped US $79,618 million of products, which included vegetables, roots and tubers, to the Russian market, according to official statistics. This monetary value was just 1 percent less than the same period last year.

During a press conference, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev announced the possibility of lifting customs duties from Iranian imports.

From January to June of this year, Kenyan exporters shipped a number of products, including edible fruits, nuts, and citrus and melon rinds, amounting to US $487 thousand. The monetary value for the first six months of 2015 was 73 percent more on the year compared to the same period of 2014, when these exports amounted to US $281 thousand.

The President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba said that talks are ongoing, not only about increasing citrus exports to the Russian mark, but also other types of fruit, nuts and vegetables.

Lemons were not one of the items included under Russia's list of prohibited Turkish imports because finding replacement suppliers would not have been possible in the short term, according to Russian officials.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan, there are several dozen Russian companies that have turned their attention to potential partnerships with Kyrgyz companies that have offered to start making shipments to Russia to provide large amounts of many types of agricultural products.

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