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Turkey will supply food to Crimea, Sergei Dankvert, the head of the Russian agricultural watchdog (Rosselkhoznadzor), said on Thursday, according to Russian ITAR-TASS news agency.

“We have done a good job in searching for suppliers in Turkey given that we have a piece of land located right opposite Turkey and it should be provided with food,” Dankvert said at a teleconference on the situation in the food market held under the chairmanship of Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich.

Rosselkhoznadzor or the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Control has held talks with 16 countries with an aim to ensure the Russian food market with alternative supply sources, Dankvert said.

The list of countries included Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Mozambique and China.

The move comes as Russia has ban EU imports, responding to western sanctions.