Turkey hopes to boost food exports to Russia

Turkey hopes to boost food exports to Russia

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia’s ban on most food imports from the West in retaliation for the sanctions over Ukraine has raised Turkey’s hopes of boosting its exports to the country, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Mehmet Büyükekşi, the head of Turkey’s top exporter, the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM), said they thought Moscow’s move “would create an opportunity” for Turkish exporters to increase their trade with Russia.

Speaking to broadcaster NTV, he said Turkey experienced some problems in its trade with Russia, particularly in poultry export, and the announcement could help the country recover from the setbacks.

He said fruit, egg and poultry sectors could particularly benefit, as the Turkish Agriculture Ministry has been implementing some restrictions on other food products. Büyükekşi also said the ministry could ease some of its bans.

Uludağ Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Union Chairman Salih Çalı said that under the circumstances, Russian authorities to loosen the tight control that hampered trade in recent years.

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