Turkey finally stops transit of sanctioned goods to Russia

20 March, 10:57 PM
The flag of Turkey (Photo:LoggaWiggler / Pixabay)

The flag of Turkey (Photo:LoggaWiggler / Pixabay)

Relenting under months-long pressure from Washington, Turkey has halted transit of sanctioned cargo to Russia, Reuters reported on March 20.

“The Turkish government handed companies a list of banned foreign goods and instructed them not to transship those to Russia beginning on March 1,” the head of Istanbul Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals Exporters Association, Cetin Tecdelioglu, told Reuters.

An unnamed EU official told the news agency that Ankara provided the European Commission with verbal assurances that starting March 1, sanctioned goods won’t be transited to Russia.

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However, goods made in Turkey which contain components from other countries can still be supplied to Russia without restrictions.

Turkey's new restrictions have prompted Russian importers to look for alternative suppliers in Kazakhstan and other countries.

On March 9, Russian media reported that Turkey had begun blocking the transit of sanctioned goods to Russia, citing statements by Russian logistics companies.

Then it was reported that the stopping of the transit of sanctioned goods to Russia was connected with the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ankara.

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