Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia
Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia. The restrictions have been in place since 2016 and were in response to Kiev's trade dealings with the EU.
Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian goods through its territory, in effect foreclosing access to export markets in Central Asia. A government decree approved last week by President Vladimir Putin will retain the outstanding embargo, which had been due to expire on June 30, through to the start of 2019.
Russian slapped a ban on the import of Ukrainian foodstuffs at the start of 2016 in response to Ukraine’s induction to the European Union’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
Ukraine filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization in 2016 over the blockade of goods headed for Central Asia. Those efforts have produced no tangible results yet.