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Representatives of Turkey will not be visiting Moscow on April 26 to discuss the situation regarding sanctions on exports to Russia because officials were unable to obtain visas, the deputy head of Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseyenko told RIA Novosti.

The Director General of the Ukrainian Association of Retail Chain Suppliers Alexey Doroshenko, in an interview with the information agency Ukrainian News, said that the recent drop in prices of vegetables and fruits on the Ukrainian market is in response to Russia's restrictions on Turkish goods.

Russia's embargo on fresh produce from European Union member states, the US and allied countries has been in force for over a year and a half. Also, in January of this year, Turkish exports including tomatoes, cucumbers and some greens were restricted.

Restrictions against all Turkish plant products could be put into action as soon as next month if talks between the two countries are not initiated, the head of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service, Sergey Dankvert, said.

Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that according to point 1 of article VII of the International Convention for the Quarantine and Plant Protection relating to the systematic Turkish suppliers on March 17, 2016, the Russian agency initiated temporary restrictions on pepper (commodity code 0709601000) and grenades (0810909800) imports, including through third countries.

A bill that would penalize the sale of sanctioned food products with a fine of up to 1 million rubles again reaches the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia

A research branch of Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that during the month of February the Top-10 import countries that violated quarantine regulations when pests were detected on their products alone have accounted for 73% of all violations reported in February.

The Russian government has not made a decision on whether to increase special economic measures against Turkey, and the Russia's Ministry of Economic Development (Minekonomrazvitiya) has said that it does not support of such periodic proposals put forward by other Russian agencies, First Deputy Minister Alexey Likhachv said.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had sent an official report from Moscow last week to affirm the Kremlin’s intention to increase imports of Iranian products as well as underscore its stance that prohibited Turkish food products will not be permitted to enter the Russian market, said Zamir Kabulov, the Russian president’s special representative for Afghanistan and director of the Second Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to a press release of the Association of International Road Transport, Russian freight vehicles have been banned from entering Turkey as of January 31, 2016.

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