Putin and Erdogan agreed on the tomatoes

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After talks of the presidents of Turkey and Russia decided to remove restrictions on trade between the two countries. However, deliveries of tomatoes from Turkey will remain banned

Russia and Turkey have agreed to lift restrictions in trade between the two countries, we can say that they have already been removed, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“You asked when you can say that the limitations that arose some time ago, removed: this can say today,” – said Putin, speaking at a press conference held after talks with Erdogan.

The Russian President stressed that any limitations to “destroy the economy” and, ultimately, hurt by the Russian manufacturers, and therefore decided to cancel the restrictive measures in areas such as construction, textiles, services, the use in Russia of Turkish labour and so on.

At the same time, the ban on deliveries to Russia of Turkish tomatoes is to remain in power, Putin said, explaining the importance of maintaining the interests of farmers.

“Our selhozproizvoditeli took a significant amount of loans and credit resources. It is quite a long production cycle associated in our climatic conditions with the construction of greenhouse structures, and so on. For this type of goods, restrictions do remain”, he concluded.

The report, jointly prepared by experts of the Gaidar Institute and the Russian Academy of national economy and public administration (Ranepa), it is noted that prior to the “tomato war” the share of Turkish tomatoes was estimated at 43% of the total volume of the imported tomatoes on the Russian market. It is particularly noted that the cost of grown in Russia of imported tomatoes is significantly higher, which leads to serious losses for consumers.

“The Russian consumer is in a very severe disadvantage. First, the price in the store exceeds up to 3 times the price at which tomatoes imported to Russia. Secondly, the selling price of Russian greenhouses is much higher than the average price of imported tomatoes calculated from all importers. Thirdly, if I now continue the import of tomatoes of protected soil from Turkey, their price would be lower than deliveries to Russia from other countries,” the report says.

In addition, because of the threat of terrorist attacks has not yet decided to cancel the visa regime of entry to Russia of Turkish citizens. However, Putin admitted the possibility of easing the regime of entry for those Turkish experts, “who often happens in our country on business, business.”

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