Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said Friday Turkey would implement an action plan against Russia as of Monday, September 1st, 2008.
Receiving the Iraqi Planning Minister Ali Baban in Ankara, Tuzmen answered questions of press corps in regard to current issues.
In reference to questions on problems faced by Turkish businessmen in Russia, Tuzmen stressed that Turkish trucks are being blocked from entering Russia at customs points in a way that is not applied to the trucks of other nations.
Such blockade is against the norms of the World Trade Organization and is one out of ordinary regulations, Tuzmen said.
Facing such practice from the Russians, Turkey would implement its own action plan as of Monday, Tuzmen said.
"Russia is Turkey's number one trade partner and a strategic partner. Turkey is Russia's fifth biggest market for exports," Tuzmen added.
Based on the reciprocity clause and relevant international agreements, Turkey would implement its action plan against Russia, Tuzmen noted.
We would apply same conditions and practice to Russian goods in Turkey that are applied to Turkish products in Russia, Tuzmen stressed.
We wish that we can reach an agreement with Russia and enrich commercial ties without any problems, Tuzmen also said.