Russian sanctions harm the economy of Turkey, but Ankara prefers political cooperation with Moscow. On Friday, August 11, said the head of the foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu, in an interview with Turkiye.
In his words, Turkey itself has suffered a lot from restrictive measures in the past. "That's why when we hear about sanctions, we do not approve of it. We are looking for other ways to solve problems. Therefore, we did not join the sanctions against Russia and prefer political compromise and constructive dialogue," — said Cavusoglu.
10 Aug National fruit and vegetable Alliance of Russia reported, that the loss of Turkey after the ban of exports of tomatoes to Russia amounted to two billion dollars.
A day earlier, Turkey's economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said, Ankara will retaliate if Moscow does not remove trade restrictions on the supply of certain agricultural products.
In 2015, the Turkish air force shot down a Russian bomber, involved in the antiterrorist operation in Syria. After that Russia has imposed on Turkey food embargo. In June 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized for the Downing of the Russian plane, after which Moscow gradually began to remove restrictions. But the restriction on the import of Turkish tomatoes are still preserved.
In 2014, a number of States, including the US and member countries of the European Union imposed restrictive measures against Russia, linking them with the first entry of the Crimea into the country, and then the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. In response, on 6 August 2014 Russia imposed an embargo on the import of products from these countries. It is valid until 31 December 2018 and may be extended.