Perhaps an end to tomato boycott after all

Turkish tomatoes to Russia in winter?

The trade relationship between Turkey and Russia appears to be improving after the sanctions were lifted. During the first four months of this year, Turkish export of agricultural products amounted to 39.6 million dollar, according to Turkish media. This figure includes all export of fruit that was still boycotted last year, such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, tangerines and oranges. The normalisation of the trade relationship will result in this figure increasing even more in coming years.

The export consisted of, among other things, 328 tonnes of apricots (152,329 dollar), 150 tonnes of nectarines (108,946 dollar), 85 tonnes of peaches (57,147 dollar) and 76 tonnes of plums (54,660 dollar). The majority of the export, however, consisted of tangerines, good for 58,288 tonnes and a value of 31.7 million dollar. Lemons came second with 38,246 tonnes (32.2 million dollar), followed by oranges with almost 20,000 tonnes and a value of 7.6 million dollar.

Source: Kremlin

Furthermore, Turkish media indicate that the boycott on tomatoes could also be over soon. This product group is the last one for which the Russian borders are closed. By doing so, Russia is trying to protect its domestic cultivation. However, tomatoes are an important export product for Turkey. According to reports, the Russians would have drawn up various documents to end the sanctions. The meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation later this month should improve this relationship even more.

Supposedly, there was a meeting between representatives of both countries, during which they talked about lifting the tomato boycott. “A door is opening for Turkish tomatoes in Russia,” reported Russian newspaper Izvestia. According to the Russian reports, the border would open for Turkish tomatoes during the winter months, when domestic cultivation isn’t sufficient for the Russian market.

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