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29 March 2016

The Russian Federation is seeking to increase vegetable and fruit imports from Jordan, considering that after restrictions against Turkish products opened up a niche in the Russian produce market, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev told journalists.

"We are extremely interested in importing vegetable, fruit and citrus (products) to the Russian market," he said. "I think that these volumes should be doubled or tripled. We have a niche that was created with the departure from Turkey's 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 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 restricted or cancelled.

Since January 1, the following Turkish products are banned from entering Russia: citrus fruit (oranges, mandarin oranges, tangerines, clementines, satsumas), grapes, apples, pears, appricots, 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 grenadas.

FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/state-news/116-russia/45974-tkachev-my-s-nadezhdoj-smotrim-na-iran-marokko-i-iordaniyu.html
Source: http://ria.ru/economy/20160323/1395796936.html

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