Russia is considering lifting its restrictions on the imports of food and agricultural products from Turkey.

Moscow imposed the curbs last year after diplomatic relations between the two countries soured following the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet in November.

Arkady Dvorkovich, Russia’s first deputy prime minister, said: “We have already started consultations with Turkey about the lifting of the existing food embargo. As part of these plans, representatives of Russian veterinary and phytosanitary services have already visited Turkey in order to check the quality of Turkish products prior to the resume of their supplies to Russia.”

Dvorkovich added the issue had been discussed during a meeting in St Petersburg last week (9 August) by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Yulia Melano, an official representative of Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, added the ban would be lifted after Tukey provided guarantees it would comply with Russian veterinary standards.

Melano has previously argued Turkish food producers are insufficiently familiar with Russian food health requirements. If all goes to plan, the food trade embargo should be officially lifted by the end of the year. 

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