Minister Faruk Celik, who was quoted by Hurriyet publication stressed that entering such restrictions, Ankara would damage Russian agricultural sector than Moscow — Turkish.
"From 1 January Russia bans imports of fresh fruit and vegetables from Turkey. Earlier Russia annually imported fresh fruits and vegetables by about 750 million dollars. On the other hand, our import from Russia only one agricultural product, namely wheat, exceeds 1.1 billion dollars, "said Celik.
At the same time, he noted that Turkey has not prohibited the import of Russian grain, because "it is not good to force farmers to pay for what happened."
At the end of December 2015 year Russian exporters of grain deliveries to Turkey resumed after an interruption owing to the deterioration of relations between the two countries. Then Russian traders reported that no, even covert, constraint of Moscow No. When the President of the Russian grain Union Arkady Zlochevsky said that "Turkey continues to buy Russian wheat, because it is cheaper than the French, and the goods of Ukrainian origin does not differ due quality.
In early December, has information that the Russian Government is beginning to prepare for the possible introduction of Turkey retaliatory sanctions. In particular, they talked about the supply of grain.
Russia is one of the largest exporters of wheat in the world and Turkey is one of the main buyers of these products from Russia. However, both sides for several weeks not to sign new contracts because of the destruction of the Russian Su-24 in the skies over Syria, which occurred at the end of November of the year 2015.
According to the decision of President Vladimir Putin, with January 1, 2016 year in Russia is prohibited to supply some agricultural products and foodstuffs from Turkey. Under the sanctions hit the tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots and onions, cauliflower and broccoli, dried and fresh citrus (mandarins, oranges and their hybrids), sloes, fresh apples and pears, apricots, nectarines and peaches, plums, as well as strawberries, strawberries and grapes.