Russia denies 'singling out' Turkey over Georgia

September 2, 2008 19:38

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insisted Tuesday that strict new import measures were not aimed at punishing NATO-member Turkey for allowing US warships to steam through its waters to deliver aid to Georgia. Lavrov said Turkey was not being "singled out" for stringent checks at border checkpoints. Turkish officials say hundreds of trucks taking exports to Russia have been held up since Russian authorities began closely scrutinizing consignments about a month ago. "This is not an action directed against Turkey. Turkey is not being singled out," said Lavrov at a joint news conference here with his Turkish counterpart, Ali Babacan. "There can be no politics involved in trade." Two US ships laden with humanitarian aid for Georgia last month passed through the Turkish straits connecting the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

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