: Kazakhstan calls on Russia to allow transit of Ukraine goods

12:18 Jul. 8, 2016

Kazakhstan calls on Russia to allow transit of Ukraine goods

Drivers are expecting to be allowed to enter Russia in Ukraine's Sumy region (UNIAN Photo)

Moscow has imposed transit ban against Ukraine in January 2016

Kazakhstan has called on Russia to loosen the transit ban of Ukrainian goods, imposed by the Kremlin in January 2016. Astana has sent Moscow an official request, asking to allow transit of some 'strategic' commodities, namely industrial, that Kazakh manufacturing sector depends on, UNIAN reports.

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At the same time, Deputy Chairman of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, Dana Zhunusova says, the country should use other ways to receive production from Ukraine.

"We have previously brought up the alternative transit ways such as the Black and the Caspian seaports. While these routes are not exactly smooth, they have very high perspective and potential", Zhunusova said, according to the Chamber website.

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The transit war between Kyiv and Moscow has started after Russia imposed sanctions against Ukraine over the Association agreement with the EU. These restrictions have caused mirror countermeasures from Ukraine, with both countries prolonging the transit prohibition till 2018. 

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