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Russian PM signs order restricting Turkish firms’ business

(London Post)  — Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday signed an order banning Turkish firms from a range of business in Russia.

The government order bans companies owned by Turkey or Turkish citizens from providing services for state and municipal needs in Russia and participating in such areas as construction, tourism, hotel business and lumber from Jan. 1, 2016.

The ban does not apply to already signed contracts, the order said.

Russia has announced a host of sanctions against Turkey in response to the downing of a Russian warplane by Ankara near the Syrian-Turkish border in late November, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called a “stab in the back.”

On Dec. 1, the Russian government approved a resolution listing detailed sanctions against Turkey.

The resolution bans from Jan. 1 imports of foodstuffs, including poultry meat, a variety of fresh, frozen and dried fruit and vegetables, as well as cloves and table salt.

The resolution suspends activities of the Russian-Turkish Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation, as well as all mutual trade and investment negotiations.

It also cuts the number of annual licenses for 2016 granted to Turkish cargo transporters by road to 2,000, with a prospect of canceling them altogether.

Meanwhile, according to the resolution, Turkish citizens without a labor contract or a civil contract signed before Dec. 31, 2015 will not be allowed to work on the territory of Russia from Jan. 1, 2016.

A bilateral agreement on visa-free travel is also suspended, together with charter flights between the two countries, except for those meant to repatriate Russian tourists from Turkey.

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