Russia food ban

MOSCOW: Russia will restrict imports of Turkish fruit and vegetables as part of a package of new sanctions following downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey last week. Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich said on Monday that the produce ban could be deferred for ‘several weeks’ to allow Russian firms to find new suppliers and curb price rises, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. Russia has previously banned food imports from the EU and US over the Ukraine crisis, a measure which has been blamed for fuelling price rises of food on the Russian market. The new measures against Turkey announced at a meeting chaired by PM Dmitry Medvedev also include limits on Turkish construction firms’ ability to sign new contracts in Russia and restrictions on road transport.