Rosselkhoznadzor imposes restrictive measures against five enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Since June 2018, the Committee for Veterinary Control and Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan has imposed restrictions on a number of Russian enterprises based on the primary detection of food inconsistencies. This directly contradicts the Regulation on inspections of facilities and sampling of goods (products) subject to veterinary control (supervision), approved by the Decision of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 94 dated October 09, 2014.

At the same time, there was a systematic failure of the Committee to provide the Rosselkhoznadzor with the materials necessary for conducting investigations into cases of release into circulation in the territory of the EAEU products in violation of established requirements. Kazakhstan also did not send answers to the appeals of the Rosselkhoznadzor on these issues, including the issue of lifting restrictions on Russian enterprises.

For today, the temporary restrictions imposed by the Republic of Kazakhstan on the supply of products from a number of Russian enterprises have not been canceled.

In this regard, the Rosselkhoznadzor is forced to introduce mirror measures and from July 15, 2019 imposes temporary restrictions on supplies to the Russian Federation of products produced by enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

  • Ust-Kamenogorsk Poultry Plant JSC (single detection of tetracycline antibiotics, Salmonella);
  • ADM Investment LLP (single identification of KMAFAnM, pathogenic microorganisms, including Salmonella);
  • Ordabasy-Kus LLP (single detection of pathogenic microorganisms, including Salmonella, enrofloxacin);
  • Paris Commune XX1 LLP (single detection of Listeria monocytogenes);
  • NPP Kazakh Osseter LLP (single detection of arsenic).

Source: Press Service of the Rosselkhoznadzor

Russia will consider the possibility to lift the ban on the supply of a number of goods from Ukraine

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev promised to consider the request of the leader of the Ukrainian party “Opposition Platform – For Life” Yuriy Boyko to unilaterally lift sanctions on certain Ukrainian goods.

“As for the ideas on individual product groups, you pass them on to us, we will consider them,” said the Russian Prime Minister at a meeting with Boyko and the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform.

Boyko made a proposal that the Russian Federation unilaterally lifted the ban on the supply of some Ukrainian goods, “which came under sanctions, which led to the fact that a number of enterprises were stopped and people lost jobs.” “We have prepared specific proposals for some objects, which we ask to consider in order to help some enterprises,” said Boyko. He clarified that we are talking about “the production of cardboard and paper industry and agricultural production.”

“These enterprises have traditionally worked with the Russian Federation, have consumers in Russia, are not critically important in terms of the imbalance of exports and imports,” Boyko said. According to the party leader, the unilateral lifting of sanctions on these goods by the Russian Federation could be “the first step and a step of goodwill.” “This would be very useful and would be a good signal for the economy of Ukraine,” believes Boyko.

 

Russian trade ministry signs special investment contracts with carmakers

The Russian Industry and Trade Ministry has signed special investment contracts (SPICs) with automobile companies Volkswagen, GM-Avtovaz, PSA, Volvo, Toyota and Avtotor, the ministry said in a statement.

“The SPICs that were signed will allow to attract over 100 billion rubles to the Russian economy in the form of private investment by the world’s leading automobile concerns and to localize the production of key elements: engines, transmissions and car control systems,” the statement quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying.

According to the minister, the implementation of those contracts envisages both domestic supplies and exports of those products.

“As a result of implementing those projects, over 1,400 jobs in the high-tech sector will be created. The budgets of various levels will receive over 523 billion rubles,” Manturov said.

Turkmenistan, Russia to hold talks on trade and investment

Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Mikhail Babich arrived in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Trend reports with reference to Turkmen Foreign Ministry.

The Russian delegation will participate in the seventh meeting of the high-level group on the support of trade and investment in the framework of the intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission on Economic Cooperation.

During the meeting at the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan, the parties expressed their desire to continue further positive bilateral cooperation, taking into account the existing large potential for developing cooperation, reads the message.

There are about 190 companies with Russian capital in Turkmenistan including ARETI holding (formerly Itera), which has been operating in the country since 2009 on the basis of a production sharing agreement on the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

After a three-year break in 2019, Russia’s Gazprom resumed purchases of Turkmen gas. In addition, Russia and Turkmenistan are initiating cooperation in the Caspian Sea. In particular, it is planned to launch a freight line across the sea, which will connect Russian Makhachkala with the port of Turkmenbashi.

The two countries are exploring joint projects, activities of Russian companies in Turkmenistan, as well as prospects for cooperation in the industrial, construction, transport, oil and gas, gas chemical and electricity industries.

Cooperation issues in such important areas as the agro-industrial complex and the supply of agricultural equipment, construction, interaction among business structures and introduction of advanced technologies are also on the meeting agenda.

In recent years, Turkmenistan has been actively developing business relations with the subjects of Russia, including Tatarstan, the Sverdlovsk and Astrakhan regions and the city of St. Petersburg.

Georgia has no plans to give up trade with Russia — minister

Georgia has no plans to give up its trade with Russia, which accounts for 13% of the country’s exports, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava said at a meeting with farmers, winemakers and tourism industry businessmen in the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti.

“At present, the Georgian economy is fairly diversified, including thanks to our government’s efforts. Exports to Russia make up 13% of our [foreign] trade. Naturally, there are other countries to choose from, but should we give up those 13%? Of course, not. The economy, including exports, should grow and you should have a choice of trade with any country where, in your opinion, your goods will sell better,” Turnava was quoted as saying by the Channel One of the Georgian Public Broadcasting.

Russia’s is Georgia’s second biggest trade partner after Turkey. Between January and May, Georgia exported goods worth about $219 million to Russia. Russia’s exports to Georgia amounted to $350 million.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to suspend direct flights to Georgia starting from July 8 after a series of anti-Russian protests, organized by the opposition. The protests, , which began on June 20 in Tbilisi, were sparked by an uproar over the Russian delegation’s participation in the 26th session of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) and the fact that IAO President Sergei Gavrilov addressed the event’s participants from the parliament speaker’s seat.

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Russia and Saudi Arabia to Create Council Uniting Large Businesses – Investment Fund

OSAKA (Sputnik) – Russia and Saudi Arabia will soon create an economic council that will unite the largest businesses of the two countries, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev told reporters on Saturday.

“It is planned to create an economic council between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which will unite the most influential businessmen from the Russian side and the Saudi side to implement major joint projects … The council will be created in the shortest possible time,” he said.

The creation of such a council will allow to boost joint investments and implement mutual projects, Dmitriev stressed.

According to Dmitriev, the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit was very positive. The two leaders discussed joint projects, including in the investment sphere, he noted.

“Saudi Arabia, jointly with the RDIF, has invested $3.9 billion in Russia. This is one of our largest partners. In the framework of the planned visit to Saudi Arabia, new deals are expected for investment both in Russia and in Saudi Arabia,” Dmitriev added.

In July 2015, the RDIF and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) signed a partnership agreement to jointly invest in projects in Russia, including in infrastructure and agriculture. Under the agreement, the Saudi fund’s share of the investment will amount to $10 billion, and part of this sum has already been invested.

The RDIF, the Saudi Public Investment Fund and Saudi Aramco are now holding talks on the Saudi oil company’s purchase of a stake in Russian tech holding Rusnano.

Russia & China agree to significantly boost trade in ruble and yuan at the expense of the US dollar

Moscow and Beijing have inked an intergovernmental agreement to switch to national currencies in bilateral trade and boost cross-currency settlements up to 50 percent as they ramp up efforts to move away from the US dollar.

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