"We are extremely interested in importing vegetables, fruit and citrus to the Russian market," he said. "I think that these volumes should be doubled or tripled. We have a niche that was created when Turkey left the market."
"And every year we had obtained no more or no less than one billion dollars, and today we are looking to Iran, Morocco and Jordan to actively begin shipping these types of products to the Russian market," the minister said.
He said that Jordan had previously exported products to Russia through Syria, and "now this will not work", adding that shipments could be made through Israel.
Russian authorities issued special measures against Turkey in November 2015 when a Russian jet was shot down in Syria by Turkey. Since January 1, 2016, a number of Turkish products, restrictions on hiring Turkish citizens in Russia as well as chartered flights to the country were cancelled.
Since January 1, the following Turkish products are banned from entering Russia: citrus fruit (oranges, mandarin oranges, tangerines, clementines, satsumas), grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, sloes, strawberries, wild strawberries, tomatoes, onions and shallots, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and gherkins. At a later date, Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Ministry banned imports of Turkish peppers and pomegranates.
FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/state-news/116-russia/45974-tkachev-my-s-nadezhdoj-smotrim-na-iran-marokko-i-iordaniyu.html