Russia cannot limit food transit from EU to Kazakhstan: Vice Minister of National Economy
Nov 02. Tengrinews
Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Assel Satubaldina
Russia may impose limitations on transit of food imports from the European Union to Kazakhstan in order to prevent re-export of those goods to Russia, Head of Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (VPSS) Sergei Dankvert said. But Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minter of National Economy Madina Abylkasymova insisted that all Russia can do is limit food shipments that are destined for Russia, Tengrinews reports.
On October 30 Sergei Dankvert said that Russia could limit food transit via Belarus and Ukraine to Kazakhstan due to attempts to sell banned EU goods to Russia. “We will be negotiating to restrict the transit to Kazakhstan through Belarusian and Ukrainian borders and allow it only though our checkpoints,” he added.
But neither Russia nor any other country can impose restrictions on imports to Kazakhstan. “Introduction of any kind of restrictions on the transit of food imports to Kazakhstan from the EU is out of the question,” Kazakhstan’s Deputy National Economy Minister Madina Abylkasymova said. She again reminded that sanctions between the EU and Russia had no relation to Kazakhstan.
“He probably meant toughening the checkpoint control on Russia-EU borders, so that, for example, goods imported to Kazakhstan will not be re-exported to Russia. (…) No one can introduce any limits on imports to Kazakhstan,” Madina Abylkasymova said.
“We have our own independent export and import policies. In this regard, no restriction can be imposed on Kazakhstan,” she added.
However, Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate with Russia if it plans to toughen control on the borders to prevent re-export of goods to Russia under the guise of supplies to Belarus or Kazakhstan.
According to Sergei Dankvert, 8,000 tons of meat that was disguised as meat from Brazil for Kazakhstan ended up in Russia. “It was destined for Kazakhstan – nearly 8,000 tons, but most of it ‘got lost’ in Russia,” he said.
Sergei Dankvert also noted that around 300 tons of European goods with forged Brazilian documents were detained in Russia. “The remaining 7,500 tons never reached Kazakhstan, but stayed in Russia,” he said.
In early August, Russia banned imports of meat, poultry, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the EU, the USA, Australia, Norway, Canada in response to the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.