Since 1st of January 2016 Russia has began to utilize products from Turkey and Ukraine, smuggled into the country.
The fact,that after the new year such measures will be operated, was announced by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova in the end of December. However, she recalled that “any product that fails to meet the requirements, are utilized, as always”, reported by RIA News.
The Head of Rospotrebnadzor said that regulatory documents do not confirm the removal from retail chains already imported Turkish and Ukrainian products.
On 22 of December, the State Duma supported the submitted bill by Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid the agreement on free trade area (FTA) with Ukraine. Agreement on FTA between Kiev and Moscow provided duty-free trade, liberalization of the conditions for the goods’ exchange, the coordination of supply. Since 1st of January 2016 Ukraine has entered into a free trade area with the European Union.
On 1st December, the Russian government published a list of products which came under sanctions as for Turkey. There are 17 products, among them – tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges, grapes, pears, carcass chickens and turkeys.
Restrictions start in 2016. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have deteriorated when on 24th of November Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian bomber Su-24, which was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria.