Update on Russian Sanctions against the Republic of Turkey

08.12.2015

Goltsblat BLP advises that, on 30 November 2015, the Russian Government adopted Regulation No. 1269 (the “Regulation”) to implement Presidential Decree No. 583 (the “Decree”), which imposed sanctions on the Republic of Turkey, Turkish companies and citizens.

The Regulation includes, among other things, the following clarifications:

1. a list of Turkish goods prohibited for import into the Russian Federation (RF) from 1 January 2016;

2. three other lists mentioned in the Decree are to be prepared by 10 December 2015:

  • a list of works and services that Turkish companies are prohibited from carrying out or rendering in the RF;
  • a list of employers not prohibited from hiring Turkish citizens (the “Employers’ List”); and
  • a list of agreements with Turkish companies that fall outside the scope of the Decree;

3.charter flights between the RF and the Republic of Turkey are banned from 1 December 2015;

4. negotiations on establishing the Russian-Turkish mutual fund for financing investment projects in the RF and the Republic of Turkey are suspended;

5. the number of permits for bilateral road transport issued to Turkish road carriers for 2016 will be reduced to 2 000 (including through withdrawal of effective permits); and

6. some legal details relating to Turkish citizens that are already hired or engaged as of 31 December 2015 are revealed — such citizens may:

  • extend existing work permits and obtain new ones from the Federal Immigration Service of the RF subject to the usual quotas; and
  • enter into, renew and extend agreements with their employers after 31 December 2015.

All employers (other than those included on the Employers’ List) may not, however, hire or engage new Turkish citizens from 1 January 2016.

The Regulation came into force on 1 December 2015.

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