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Russia agrees to lift ban on Turkish pomegranate and aubergine imports

Russia has agreed to allow imports of aubergines and pomegranates from several Turkish producers as of October 30th. 

The announcement to lift the ban was made by Yulia Melano, a spokesperson of the Russian agricultural agency Rosselkhoznadzor and comes shortly after a similar announcement was made to allow imports of Turkish tomatoes.

"The inspection showed that according to preliminary data, twenty-four pomegranate planting companies and seven aubergine planting companies conform to Russian requirements among the ones suggested by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture," Melano said.

Rosselkhoznadzor banned imports of Turkish pomegranates from March 17th, 2016, and imports of aubergines from April 25th of the same year following a diplomatic dispute over military operations in Syria.

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