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Turkey is halting the transit of goods banned by the West to Russia from this month after a year of war in Ukraine and mounting pressure from the United States and Europe on Ankara to act, Reuters reported, citing a senior export official and diplomat.

The Turkish government handed the companies a list of banned foreign goods, with instructions not to divert them to Russia from March 1, said Cetin Tejdelioglu, head of the Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters Association in Istanbul.

"All goods from this list are blocked for Russia, regardless of which country they come from," he added, BTA reported.

Ankara has given its word to the EC that from March 1, goods covered by EU, US or UK sanctions will not pass to Russia, an EU official told Reuters.

The head of the Association of Exporters of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals in Istanbul specified, however, that goods produced in Turkey, even with components from other countries, can be sent to Russia without restriction.

According to him, Turkey's new restrictions have led to a search for alternative suppliers in Kazakhstan and other countries among Russian importers.

Western countries have imposed record sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

In December, Reuters reported that in the seven months since the start of the war, $2.6 billion worth of electronic components had entered Russia, with $777 million of those products produced by Western firms.

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