On 28 November 2015 Russian President Vladimir
Putin signed an Executive Order On Measures to Ensure the National
Security of the Russian Federation and the Protection of Citizens
of the Russian Federation against Criminal and Other Illegal Acts
and on the Application of Special Economic Measures Against the
The order introduced the following temporary measures on the
territory of Russia:
An import ban on certain Turkish-origin products (except the
goods for personal use imported by individual travellers within the
limits allowed by the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union),
and prohibition on Turkish companies to perform certain work
and services inside Russia - the list of banned products and that
of restricted types of work and services are to be determined by
Suspension of visa free entry of Turkish citizens into Russia
as of 1 January 2016.
Prohibition on Russian travel companies from selling travel
tours to Turkey.
Prohibition as of 1 January 2016 of employment by Russian
legal entities of Turkish nationals, unless already employed as of
31 December 2015, or unless the Russian employer is included
in the special list to be adopted by the Russian Government.
The Government was also given instructions to take measures to
introduce a ban on charter flights between Russia and Turkey; to
enhance control over the activity of Turkish tracking companies on
the Russian territory to ensure security; to enhance port controls
and monitoring of the transportation safety in the waters of the
Russian ports on the Black and Azov seas.
The Executive Order comes into effect on the day of its official
publication and remains in effect until the special economic and
other measures established thereunder are cancelled.
On 1 December the Government approved a resolution on
Measures to implement the President's Executive Order, on
Measures to Ensure the National Security of the Russian Federation
against Criminal and Other Unlawful Acts and the Application of
Special Economic Measures in Relation to the Republic of
The resolution approved a list of agricultural produce, raw
materials and food products originating from the Republic of
Turkey, the import of which into the Russian Federation is banned
from 1 January 2016.
The list includes Turkish tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots and
onions, cauliflower and broccoli, dried and fresh citrus fruit
(tangerines, oranges and their hybrids), sloes, fresh apples,
pears, apricots, nectarines and peaches, plums, strawberries and
grapes. Poultry (frozen parts and byproducts of chickens and
turkeys), salt and fresh cloves are also banned.
The Ministry of Transport was instructed to introduce a ban,
from 1 December 2015, on charter air flights between Russia and
Turkey except for special flights for the repatriation of tourists
The resolution suspended the negotiation process for the
bilateral Agreement on Trade in Services and Investments and the
Middle-term program for economic, trade, scientific, technical and
cultural cooperation for 2016-2019 and for the creation of the
joint fund for financing investment projects in Russia and Turkey.
The work of the Russian-Turkish Commission on Trade and Economic
Cooperation was also suspended.
Neither the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, nor the
Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant were included in the list of economic
sanctions against Turkey ratified by the Russian government;
however, on Wednesday 2 December the Russian Energy Minister
Alexander Novak said that "the negotiations on Turkish Stream
have been suspended".
Banned produce will not be destroyed
The daily broadsheet Izvestia cites the press office of
Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's agricultural watchdog, as saying
that Russia will not destroy Turkish products, which will be
prohibited from entering the country starting on 1
January 2016. Cargo destined for Russia will be opened on the
The watchdog explained that Turkey is not on the list of
countries whose products must be burned or crushed. Those countries
are the EU member states, Norway, Canada, Australia, the U.S.,
Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Iceland, Montenegro, Albania and
"in special conditions" Ukraine.
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