On 31 May 2017 the Russian President signed Decree No. 244 lifting most of the special economic measures against Turkey. The Decree was followed by Russian Government Resolution No. 672 published on 2 June 2017.
Effective 10 June 2017, the Decree and the Resolution lifted most of the sanctions and restrictions that were introduced against the Republic of Turkey in December 20151; in particular:
1. Import of work/services: The ban on performing certain types of work/services (e.g., construction and engineering work; work/services for state or municipal purposes) by Turkish organizations and organizations controlled by Turkish organizations or Turkish nationals was cancelled.
2. Employment: All restrictions on employment in Russia of Turkish nationals were cancelled.
3. Import of goods: The list of goods which are banned from importation into Russia has been reduced to only one product—fresh or chilled tomatoes.2
4. Visa-free regime: While the suspension of the visa-free regime stays in force, the list of Turkish nationals who are excluded from these restrictions and are allowed to travel to Russia visa-free has been extended. The list now includes (in addition to the original list that included Turkish nationals with Russian residence permits or diplomatic passports): (i) Turkish nationals who are crew members on Turkish aircraft and (ii) Turkish nationals who hold so-called "service passports" and travel short-term for business purposes.3
We note that other restrictions (in the area of tourism, charter flights, road transportation and economic cooperation) were cancelled in the summer of 2016.4
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1 Please refer to our December 2015 Special Alerts Russia: Economic Sanctions on Turkey; Russia extends economic sanctions against Turkey and Russia Sets Economic Sanctions Against Turkey.
2 Resolution of the Russian Government No. 672 dated 2 June 2017.
3 Presidential Decree No. 244 dated 31 May 2017.
4 Resolutions of the Russian Government No. 706 dated 22 July 2016 and No. 846 dated 27 August 2016 (based on the Presidential Decree No. 314 dated 30 June 2016).
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