02:54 GMT05 August 2020
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    Restrictions on agricultural product imports from Turkey to Russia should be lifted in stages, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Tuesday after talks with his Turkish counterpart.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey in response to the downing of Russia's Su-24 on November 24, 2015.

    "I think it is not so fast. We agreed that this is a gradual process, and the process of parity," Ulyukayev told reporters, noting that outstanding issues on meat, poultry and dairy products would be resolved bilaterally.

    The minister said he together with his Turkish counterpart Nihat Zeybekci addressed the return of Turkish companies to the Russian market.

    “The issue was discussed and the departments concern have received instructions to conduct relevant work,” Ulyukayev told reporters.

    Russia's retaliatory measures against Ankara include, in particular, restrictions on the activities of Turkish organizations in Russia, an embargo on Russian employers hiring Turkish citizens and a ban on certain food imports since January 1, 2016.

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