Ukraine ready to be guarantor of Turkey's food security – agriculture ministry
The Ukrainian agricultural sector is ready to be guarantor of Turkey's food security, Agricultural Policy and Food Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko has written on his Facebook page.
"If traditional partners of Turkey impose sanctions and stop supplying grain, Ukraine is ready to at least double grain, corn and oil supplies. Turkey is a long and reliable partner of Ukraine, and we're ready to be guarantor of the country's food security," he said.
The minister said that in January-October 2015 Ukraine has exported agricultural products worth almost $566 million to Turkey, including grain worth over $55 million and oil worth $75 million.
"Of course, at present it is early to speak about changes in the goods turnover between Turkey and Ukraine, although we're ready to deepen cooperation in the agricultural sector. Expansion and diversification of the exports market remains a top-priority for Ukraine, and Turkey is a promising trade partner," Pavlenko said.
As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree "On measures to ensure Russian national security and to protect Russian citizens from criminal and other unlawful actions and the application of special economic measures with respect to the Turkish Republic," the Kremlin press office said on Saturday.
The decree introduces temporary ban or restrictions on import by Russia of certain types of goods, whose country of origin is Turkey, which are stipulated in the list determined by the Russian government (except the good imported for personal use in an amount permitted by the law of the Eurasian Economic Union).