“Total supplies from Uzbekistan increased by 10%, and for several other items the jump in volume was significantly more. For several vegetable varieties import volumes increased by 10 times as much; for grapes – 20 times, and for citrus fruits – 54 times more,” he said Tuesday during a meeting with the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
Putin said that the overall dollar equivalent of the volume of bilateral trade dropped, but in rubles, it increased. “Growth was also seen in physical volumes, and this growth was during the first quarter of the year.”
A sharp increase in grape and lemon imports from Uzbekistan was recorded in 2015. From 2014 to 2015, grape imports increased from 339 tonnes to 13,432 tonnes. Lemon imports increased from 14 tonnes to 621 tonnes.
As of January 1 of this year, Turkish products including citrus, grapes, apples, apricots, peaches, including nectarines, plums and sloes, strawberries (including wild strawberries), tomatoes, onions, shallots, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and gherkins were placed under Russian sanctions, prohibiting their entry into the country as imports.
Subsequent restrictions enacted on March 17 excluded Turkish peppers and grenades. Then on April 25, Rosselkhoznadzor placed restrictions on Turkish eggplants.
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