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    The Russian government's decision to gradually lift the ban on certain types of fruit from Turkey made Turkish agricultural producers very glad, the chairman of the Turkish Agricultural Chambers Union said on Tuesday.

    ISTANBUL (Sputnik) — On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian government had decided to allow stone fruit and citrus from Turkey to reenter the Russian market after an agricultural embargo was imposed on certain Turkish products amid raw following Ankara's downing of a Russian plane over Syria in November.

    "Our citrus producers have been very much pleased with the lifting of the embargo. October, November and December are good months for them, but most of all this decision will influence our exports in 2017," Semsi Bayraktar told RIA Novosti.

    He recalled that the Turkish agricultural producers and farmers had been particularly hard-hit by the Russian agricultural embargo, as certain export rates fell some 80 percent, and economic losses amounted to $408 million.

    "To achieve positive results after the lifting of the embargo is our greatest desire," Bayraktar said.

    Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated after the downing of a Russian military plane by a Turkish fighter jet in Syria on November 24, 2015. Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey in response to what Putin then described as a "stab in the back."

    Russia's retaliatory measures against Ankara included a ban on certain food imports since January 1, 2016, among other restrictive means.


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