The Ukrainian government proposes to prohibit the purchase of petroleum products from Russia. This was during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers said Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, transfers “112 Ukraine”.
Yatsenyuk said that Kyiv has already imposed a number of sanctions against Russia. “However, one key element is the purchase of oil products in Russia — for some reason did not hit in the sanctions list,” he said.
The head of government instructed the Ministry of economy and trade representative of Ukraine to study the mechanism of the ban on buying oil “from the aggressor country, which is Russia”. Yatsenyuk suggested to submit the proposal at an extraordinary government meeting, which will take place this Friday.
In 2015, exports of petroleum products (code 2710 commodity nomenclature) from Russia to Ukraine amounted to $1.04 billion (a decrease of 67% compared to 2014).
The Prime Minister also instructed relevant departments to submit to Parliament a bill to abolish the duties on the importation of used vehicles manufactured in any country except Russia. Yatsenyuk explained that this measure will help to “remove the burden from citizens and increase the opportunities to buy cars” (quoted by “the Telegraph”).
In the beginning of the year Ukraine has imposed sanctions against Russia. Now the embargo on the import of meat, vodka, beer, cigarettes and other Russian goods.
The ban came into force on 10 January and will last until August 2016. These measures began in Kiev response to the suspension by Russia of the Treaty on the free trade zone. The Russian authorities have included Ukraine in the list of countries against which operates grocery embargo that had been made earlier in relation to the U.S., EU, Canada, Norway, Australia, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Ukrainian sanctions also apply to several hundred individuals and legal entities from Russia. Among them are “Aeroflot”, “Almaz-Antey”, Gazprombank, “Kaspersky Lab” and several Russian TV channels.