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Thousands of tonnes of Turkish tomatoes could rot, Russian border closed

Christian Fernsby |
Hundreds of trucks carrying around 5,000 tonnes of tomatoes from Turkey have been stranded for more than a week in no man’s land between Russia and Ukraine, Daily Sabah reported yesterday.

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Turkish exporters have been waiting for Russia to officially increase its import quota for Turkish tomatoes.

"A tiny matter such as tomato imports should not cause a strain in relations between Russia and Turkey,” Hakkı Bahar, chairman of the Western Mediterranean Exporters Union, told Daily Sabah.

Turkish exporters would face a financial loss of around $20 million to $30 million if Russia does not raise the quota, said Ali Uçak, the owner of one of the exporting companies whose truck was stranded in the buffer zone.