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Government of Kazakhstan to impose embargo on Russian food import

The Government of Kazakhstan wants to protect domestic producers from the rush of cheap Russian goods due to devaluation of the ruble.

Government of Kazakhstan to impose embargo on Russian food import

Due to devaluation of the Russian ruble the Kazakh government plans to exclude some manufacturers from the list of goods imported from Russia. Kazakhstan intends to abandon petroleum, automobiles, chicken meat, flour and confectionery, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

The Kazakh authorities are guided by the fact that the decline in value of the Russian ruble leads to the fact that domestic producers can not compete with the Russian ones. Astana is going to impose embargo on the import of some group of Russian goods and proposing to limit import of the others.

The officials of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia report that the dialogue concerning import has been conducted for a week, but so far, there are not presented sufficient grounds for imposing restrictions.

National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan demanded to take serious measures to support domestic producers. This organization wants Astana to introduce a complete ban on the import of chicken meat. But Sergey Yushin, the head of the executive committee of the National Meat Association of Russia believes that Kazakhstan should limit the supply from the third countries.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev believes that cooperation with Moscow should not run counter to the national interests and harm the country's sovereignty. Last autumn, President Nursultan Nazarbayev even told about the likely withdrawal from the Eurasian Union.

A similar statement was made recently by one of the founders of the Customs Union – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. He said he did not exclude the withdrawal from the Eurasian Economic Union.

In his speech at the annual press conference Lukashenko noted that "trade war" should not take place in the Union and noted constant confrontation between Moscow and Minsk in the import and export issues.

Lukashenko stressed that Belarus and Kazakhstan, another member of the EEU, had always spoken for the preservation of "exclusively economic" status of the association.