Armenia bans Turkish imports for six months

Armenia put a six month ban on Turkish imported goods into effect on January 1, opposition left-wing Sol news site reported on Friday.

The Armenian government announced the ban on October 20 following Turkey’s strong backing of Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict, Sol said.

Intermediates elements required for the production of Armenian goods are excluded from the restrictions, Sol added.

The Ministry of Economy of Armenia said the import ban will not lead to an increase in prices in the country since Turkish goods are not dominant in any product segment as imports from Russia, Belarus, Iran, China could substitute them, Sol reported.

The Armenia-Turkey border has been closed for decades and the two countries maintain a low profile in diplomatic relations.

Turkey provided significant military support for the Azeri offensive to take control of the disputed territories in Nagorno-Karabakh in September, deploying Syrian mercenary fighters and state-of-the-art drone technology.