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    Russia's grain market is not limited to Turkey and a transfer from one agricultural segment to another is a normal economic process, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian trade mission in Ankara confirmed to Sputnik on Monday that Turkey's imports of wheat, maize and sunflower oil imports from Russia have been suspended.

    "You know that the grain market is not limited to Turkey alone, it is quite extensive, quite a well-established and independent global market. Closing some segments of this market means that certain quantities will flow into other segments, this is a normal economic process," Peskov told reporters.

    On Thursday, Russia’s National Association of Exporters of Agricultural Products (NAEAP) called on Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev to take measures to restore export of agricultural goods to Turkey.

    On Monday, a Russian trade mission official in Ankara told Sputnik that Turkey changed a procedure for import license application. The grain bought for processing and further import used to be exempted from tax by default, whereas now importers that want to apply for a zero tax exemption have to fill in a newly added category, "the country of origin of the goods." According to the trade mission official, Russia is not on the list of countries to which the tax exemption applies.

    According to Bloomberg, the Turkish Economy Ministry on Friday denied reports of alleged restrictions on imports of agricultural products.


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