Turkey tightens customs control over Russian goods

Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said that Turkey had initiated a package of measures to counter the Russian obstacles on the basis of reciprocity.

Turkey tightens customs control over Russian goods

Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said on Monday that Turkey had initiated a package of measures to counter the Russian obstacles on the basis of reciprocity.

Tuzmen is currently in Urumchi, capital city of East Turkistan Uyghur autonomous region in northwest of the People's Republic of China to attend 17th International Trade Fair.

Asked how Turkey would retaliate after Russia made Turkish trucks wait at customs gates, Tuzmen said, "Turkey plans to have 38 billion USD trade volume with Russia. We had to retaliate the obstructions against Turkish trucks. Turkey's demands have been relayed to Russian party, however we could not get a reply. Turkey's stance does not aim at escalating tension. Turkey is acting on basis of the principle of reciprocity."

Montreux Convention

After the conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia, a group of western countries asked permission to cross their naval ships carrying humanitarian aid trough the Turkish straits.

Turkey, which governs international transit through the Turkish straits under the 1936 Montreux Convention, allowed U.S. ships USS McFaul and USS Dallas carrying humanitarian aid to Georgia to cross through Turkish straits.

Also four military ships of the Spanish, German, Polish and U.S. navies sailed through the straits within the framework of a NATO exercise in line with notifications made to Turkey under the Montreux Convention in August.

Russia expressed concern over the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea saying it had doubts about their true intentions.

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