By Kamila Aliyeva
Turkish exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia totaled 215,379 tons worth more than $123.7 million in January-May of the current year, Anadolu Agency reported citing the Association of Exporters of the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey (DKİB).
Trabzon is the leader in terms of exports to Russia among other 21 provinces of Turkey.
During this period, the export of fruits and vegetables from Trabzon to Russia amounted to $39 million, or 32 percent of the total exports of Turkish provinces to Russia.
In January-May, the export of fruits and vegetables from Trabzon to Russia in quantitative terms increased by 114 percent (in monetary terms - by 80 percent) compared to the same period last year.
"Following the results of five months of 2017, Trabzon is the leader of Turkey in the export of agricultural products to Russia," DKİB head Ahmed Hamdi Gundogan said.
The Russian-Turkish trade has been facing significant difficulties since late 2015 when Russia introduced a food embargo against Turkey in response to the downing of a Russian warplane over Syria. In October 2016, the Russian government approved the resolution allowing Turkey to supply mandarins, oranges, peaches and nectarines, apricots and plums to Russia.
The process to normalize bilateral ties peaked during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi on May 3.
Many other restrictions have been recently removed in accordance with agreements reached with Russia following the results of the talks between Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Istanbul. The latest decree on lifting of some restrictions on Turkish food supplies was signed on June 2.
The normalization of ties between Turkey and Russia have given momentum to Turkish exports, recording a 30 percent increase in the first four months of 2017 and promising better commercial ties while imports from Russia grew by 15 percent in the same period.
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