Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
6th January, 2016
Russia has completely stopped the transit of Ukrainian goods through its territory, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) of Ukraine.
“The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine reports that as of the 4th January 2016 the Russian Federation has completely stopped the transit of goods from Ukraine through its territory. The ban of the Russian Federation is not transparent, unjustified and discriminatory”, stated the message from the department.
According to the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, the cargo transportation from Ukraine to Kazakhstan via Russia will only be implemented from the territory of Belarus and in the presence of the GLONASS system.
From the 1st January, Russia, for protection against the influx of duty-free goods from the EU to Ukraine, introduced customs duties and a food embargo, similar to that which acts against the countries that supported the anti-Russian sanctions. Also, the Russian government suspended the treaty with Ukraine on the CIS free trade zone.