Russian Sanctions against Turkey


Legal Update № 546

Goltsblat BLP advises that, on 28 November 2015, Russian Presidential Decree No. 583 (the “Decree”) imposed sanctions on Turkey, Turkish companies and citizens.

Please see below the economic and other measures enacted by the Decree:

  • import into the Russian Federation (RF) of Turkish goods included on a special list (to be adopted by the Russian Government) is prohibited or restricted, other than of goods imported for personal use to the extent allowed by the rules of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU);
  • Turkish companies are prohibited or restricted from carrying out works or rendering services in the RF that are included on a special list (to be adopted by the Russian Government);
  • from 1 January 2016, Russian employers (other than those included on a special list to be adopted by the Russian Government) are prohibited from hiring and engaging Turkish citizens, unless they have already been hired or engaged by such an employer as of 31 December 2015;
  • from 1 January 2016, the RF visa-free regime for Turkish citizens is suspended, other than for Turkish citizens who hold a temporary or permanent residence permit or are employed by Turkish diplomatic missions and consular offices and their family members; and
  • Russian travel agents and tour operators are prohibited from selling tours to Turkey or providing travel services for visiting Turkey.

Pursuant to the Decree, the Russian Government will (in addition to adopting the three special lists mentioned above):

  • prepare a list of agreements entered into with Turkish companies that fall outside the scope of the Decree;
  • ban charter flights between the RF and Turkey; and
  • tighten control over Turkish road transport carriers operating in the RF and security measures at seaports and contiguous waters.

Application of the sanctions against Turkey introduced by the Decree will, therefore, depend on acts to be adopted by the Russian Government for implementing the Decree.

The Decree came into force on 28 November 2015 and is binding on all Russian state and municipal bodies, legal entities and citizens.

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