Eggplants grown in Turkey will be temporarily banned from being imported into the Russian Federation. According to the statement released by the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s food safety watchdog), the ban was imposed due to ‘shipments containing blacklisted biological entities being continually delivered to Russia from Turkey’.

It was reported earlier that Russia imposed an import ban on several kinds of fruits and vegetables on January 1, 2016. The embargo came as retaliation for the downing of a Russian SU-24 fighter jet on a combat mission in Syria by the Turkish Air Force.

In August 2014, Russia imposed an import ban on a number of products, mostly food ones, manufactured by countries that introduced sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donbass. Starting from the summer 2015, all food products banned from being imported to Russia are to be destroyed, if brought illegally into the country.