17:48 06.01.2016

Ukraine's agricultural exports to Central Asia in transit via Russia comes to 4%

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Ukraine's agricultural exports to Central Asia in transit via Russia comes to 4%

Exports of Ukrainian agricultural products through the territory of the Russian Federation to the Central Asian countries come to 4%, Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food Oleksiy Pavlenko wrote on his Facebook page.

"Russia's blocking transit could affect trade operations with Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Exports of agricultural products to these countries account for about 4% of the total agricultural exports from Ukraine," he wrote.

The minister expressed confidence that alternative to Russian transit will be found as soon as possible.

"I am convinced that the agricultural sector will overcome Russia's transit blockade. Transit blockade is another challenge that Russian throws to Ukrainian agriculture. Meanwhile, we have enough experience and capacity to overcome these obstacles," Pavlenko added.

He noted that Russia's restricting transit through its territory is contrary to the norms of the World Trade Organization and the CIS Free Trade Agreement.

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