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Russian exporters of grain, corn, meal and oil fear that the sudden and unexpected loss of their privileged trade status with Turkey may result in heavy financial losses, reported (in Russian) Kommersant. On March 15, Ankara excluded Russia from the list of countries that export their agricultural products to Turkey duty-free. Now, a 130-percent duty is in effect on such Russian exports, which basically means their complete standstill. By the end of the current season in June, Russian producers could have exported to Turkey another 0.5-1 million tons of wheat, 400,000-700,000 tons of corn and 250,000-350,000 tons of sunflower oil, said Andrei Sizov, director of the Sovekon analytic center, who estimates that total losses in terms of missed economic opportunity for Russian farmers may amount to $500 million. Turkey imposes duties on Russian grain imports The Federal Center for Evaluating the Quality and Security of Grain reported that, from the beginning of the previous season through March 20, Russia exported to Turkey 31.7 million tons of grain and products for grain processing, 2.1 million tons of wheat (46.6 percent of all Russian wheat exports) and 431,400 tons of corn (9.4 percent of all Russian corn exports). Of the total amount of Russian sunflower oil exports this season (1.1 million tons), 370,000 tons went to Turkey, reported the Institute of the Agrarian Market. Russia resents pressure The Turkish government didn’t comment, but the country’s export associations say Ankara's actions are a response to Moscow’s failure to lift restrictions on Turkish agricultural products sold to Russia. For example, there’s still a ban on tomato imports to Russia, 60 percent of which previously came from Turkey. "We neither accept nor deny the attempts to pressure Russia in order to give Turkish agricultural products access to the Russian market in those sensitive areas where in the last years Russian production has been developing," said Russian Agricultural Minister Alexander Tkachev on March 22. Igor Pavensky, deputy director of Rusagrotran’s department of strategic marketing, said the Turkish factor, along with expectations of the next harvest, has already caused a drop in prices for Russian wheat. Pavensky said it’s possible that Turkish millers won’t be able to hold out to the end of the season without Russian wheat, and instead, they’ll be forced to buy more expensive alternatives. Read more: Russia to reach self-sufficiency in agricultural products by 2024>>>
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There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other. Nunes seems to prefer serving the constituency of One Who Temporarily Lives in the White House over paying attention to the American people who need some answers: the facts about Russia’s interference with the 2016 election; about whether or not members of Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russian intelligence to support and encourage that interference; and broadly, what’s up with Donald Trump’s business connections to Russian kleptocrats over the years? And by the way, Mr. President, release those tax returns. Nunes claims to have gotten hold of new information — from whom he would not say — about possible accidental surveillance of Trump and his associates that allegedly took place in the gathering of intelligence about something other than Russia. He refused to say what that something else was. But rather than do the right thing and inform the ranking member of the intelligence committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, about these revelations — or to tell anyone else on the committee — Nunes went running off to Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, held a press conference and then made a beeline for the executive mansion to tell all to you-know-who. In other words, he blabbed about the confidential House investigation to the guy who’s being investigated. Nice going, Inspector Clouseau. Oh, and then he had another press conference. This all had the feel of a 6-year-old ineptly performing a magic trick to impress Grandpa. But Nunes was just trying to distract the rest of us from what’s really going on, puffing exhaust to give Trump some cover on those nutty I-was-wiretapped-by-Obama tweets earlier in the month, and possibly to steal attention from the latest revelations about Paul Manafort, the lobbyist and one-time Trump campaign manager who has had a roster of thugs and dictators as clients, including the ex-president of Ukraine, a pro-Putin acolyte who got kicked out and now lives somewhere in Russia. Early Wednesday morning, the Associated Press broke the story: Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to ‘greatly benefit the Putin Government’ …Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government, even as US-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. … Manafort’s plans were laid out in detailed documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. This news followed reports alleging that Manafort had used offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan to launder payments from the aforementioned, pro-Putin ex-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, and preceded by a few hours reporting from David Corn of Mother Jones that Manafort had tried to secure a visa to travel to the United States for the same guy with whom he made the deal to package Putin — Russian aluminum mogul Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska had been denied entry because of his alleged ties to the Russian mob. Throwing us off the stink of all this may have been Rep. Nunes’ mission Wednesday, but the day did not end well for him or his friend at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. CNN reported, “The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told CNN.” And then when ranking intelligence committee member Adam Schiff was asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd whether the evidence of collusion was circumstantial, the congressman dropped his own little grenade: “I can tell you that the case is more than that,” he said. “And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now … I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial, and is very much worthy of investigation.” Oh my. Earlier in the day, Schiff told reporters that Nunes “will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both.” And early Wednesday night, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, “It’s a bizarre situation… and I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone. And I don’t say that lightly.” They’re right. A political party cannot investigate itself. Clearly, Nunes no longer has the credibility to run the House investigation. Be the patriot you say you are, sir, and step down from your chairman’s seat. Or Speaker Ryan, force him to resign and replace him — you have that power. As Schiff and McCain said, yesterday’s events make the need for an bipartisan investigation and/or independent prosecutor all the stronger. The crisis deepens. Is democracy unable to solve the problems it has created for itself? Please, if there are still grown-ups in the GOP, the Senate or the House, give Americans what they need to save the republic: the truth. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Turkey has not imposed restrictions on imports of Russian agricultural products and grain, but removed Russia from the list of countries allowed to import products free of duties, a source in Russia’s trade promotion office in Ankara told TASS on March 20. "Turkey has not imposed restrictions on imports of Russian agricultural products and particularly grain. The problem is that the Economy Ministry (of Turkey) has ordered to introduce the principle of the country of origin, and Russia and some other countries are not on the list of states with duty-free imports that can deliver commodities for further processing and export free of 130 percent duty," the source said. He added that previously Russian exporters and their Turkish customers imported grain with zero duty. "However, it was imported only to be processed and further exported. It was necessary to pay a 130 percent duty nonetheless in order to sell products on the local market. The new regulation came into force starting March 15," he said. According to the source, "the newly-introduced changes of the Economy Ministry do not violate the WTO rules." Earlier President of the Istanbul Association of Exporters Zekeriya Mete confirmed to TASS that Russian grain imports had been restricted. "There is a ministerial instruction to restrict imports of grain from Russia. We are unaware of the exact reasons for this decision, probably, there are certain issues related to sanitary surveillance. But we will accept all Russian ships that are already in our ports with grain of proper quality," he said. According to the data provided to the Federal Customs Service, Russian producers delivered 4.7 million tons of grain to Turkey last year, including 2.6 million tons of wheat and 838,000 tons of corn. Read more: Russia lifts ban on exports of onions, broccoli and carnations from Turkey
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