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Russian Watchdog to Decide on Import of Turkish Vegetables After Inspection

Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor will make a decision on import of Turkish vegetables after it carries out an inspection of Turkish enterprises in the next few weeks, an aide to the head of Rosselkhoznadzor said Thursday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Turkish side is expected to prepare a list of companies and regions that are ready to export their vegetables to Russia and could prove quality and safety of their production, he added.

"Our specialists would leave for Turkey in 10 days… The results of the inspection — whether the Turkish entities are allowed to deliver food products [to Russia] or not — would be known within weeks," Alexey Alexeyenko told RIA Novosti

Russia has imposed a number of restrictive measures, including a ban on certain food imports, on Turkey in response to the downing of a Russian military aircraft by a Turkish fighter jet in Syria on November 24, 2015. In June, following Turkey's apology to Russia for the November 2015 incident, the sides began a reconciliation process.

In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would gradually lift the economic restrictions imposed on Turkey.

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