World Bulletin / News Desk
"Relations between Russia and Turkey in energy, tourism, and construction are intense. Most of the important bans on agriculture [imports] have been lifted already," Huseyin Dirioz said on Thursday.
Asked about Russia’s resumption of Turkish tomato imports, Dirioz said: "The investments Russia has made to grow its own tomatoes doesn't mean that they won’t import tomatoes. I think they will buy from Turkey again. The market conditions will gradually be opened up."
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday that the Agriculture Ministry has proposed allowing Turkey to export up to 50,000 tons of its tomatoes to Moscow on an annual basis.
In June, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree lifting the ban on some Turkish agricultural imports as well as companies involved in construction, engineering, and tourism, ending restrictions that followed the downing of a Russian fighter jet in 2015.
Following the end of those sanctions, Dvorkovich said only two restrictions -- visa-free travel for Turkish citizens and tomatoes -- remain for Ankara.
Dirioz's remarks came on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week forum in the capital Moscow.
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