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ARKHANGELSK, Russia, March 29 Russia's and
Turkey's economy ministries plan to hold talks on Russian grain
supplies to Turkey in early April, Russian deputy economy
minister Alexei Gruzdev said on Wednesday.
Turkey has put purchases of wheat, maize (corn) and
sunflower from Russia on hold by imposing high import tariffs
from mid-March. Ankara officially denies any bans on imports
from Russia, while Moscow has said that the move is hindering
"We keep the vector on development of bilateral relations,"
Gruzdev said on the sidelines of an International Arctic Forum
in Russia's northern city of Arkhangelsk.
He declined to estimate when the issue could be resolved.
The reason for Ankara's move remains officially unclear,
however, the Turkish economy ministry has said that an
improvement in political ties with Russia was "not fully
reflected yet in economic relations" as Russia is yet to restore
visa-free regime with Turkey after a previous row.
Gruzdev declined to comment on when the visa issue could
decided, saying that it was a question of bilateral contacts.
(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Maria Tsvetkova and
Polina Devitt; editing by David Evans)