Turkey Playing Chicken with Russia Sanctions

By Stephen Levy

File this under the unintended consequences file: Turkey’s poultry industry is reaping significant benefits due to the sanctions war between Russia and both the United States and the European Union, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. Due to sanctions imposed by President Putin’s government on European and American food imports entering Russia, Turkey, a nearby country not participating in the sanctions scheme, has increased production to capture market share. In particular, white meat imports from Turkey have increased from under 200 tons a month to 5900 tons in September. While still representing a small share of Turkey’s poultry production, the increasing demand has spurred growth in the industry, and may suggest another reason for the country not to join the European Union.