Starting from Jan. 1, Moscow halted the imports of the majority of Turkish fruit and vegetable products as part of the sanctions imposed by the Kremlin over the downing of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet near the Syrian border.
The incident on Nov. 24, 2015, had a dramatic effect on Russian-Turkish relations.
Earlier this year, Russia added peppers, pomegranates and eggplants to the Turkish embargo.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that the ban on a range of Turkish imports is not connected with politics.
“Rosselkhoznadzor is not involved in politics. It is involved in its own specific area. As I understand there are absolutely concrete explanations, which state why these restrictions can be imposed,” he was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.