Pavlenko: Ukraine’s rejection of partnership with Russia in the agrarian sphere

Pavlenko: Ukraine’s rejection of partnership with Russia in the agrarian sphere


Earlier, the Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine reported that during the 2010-2014 food trade with Russia has dropped by 40%.

KYIV, 9 Dec. Ukraine’s rejection of partnership with Russia in the agricultural sector, said on Wednesday the Minister of agrarian policy and food of Belarus Alexei Pavlenko.

“This year we deliberately got rid of nediagnostirovannoe inadequate partnership (with Russia — ed.)”, — said Pavlenko in the government’s report for the year.

According to him, export of Ukrainian agricultural products to Russia makes only 2%. According to the data for the first half of 2014, the share of Russia in exports of agricultural products from Ukraine amounted to almost 8%.

Earlier, the Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine reported that during the 2010-2014 food trade with Russia has dropped by 40%. With a rate of 2% is a historical low.

Russia in August 2014 restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. A ban were meat, sausage, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. In June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions, Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.

In August 2015 predamage was extended to the countries that have joined anti-Russian sanctions, including suspended, Ukraine. Ban on import of Ukrainian food, and as normal trade (now the considerable part of goods shipped from Ukraine to Russia duty-free), will come into effect only in case of application of the Kyiv economic part of the Association agreement with the EU or January 1, 2016, if trilateral negotiations with participation of the Russian Federation will not remove Russia’s concerns.