YEREVAN, January 30. /ARKA/. Kazakhstan is going to temporarily ban import of Russian oil products. The country’s oil and gas ministry has already prepared two draft government decrees, Russian Commersant reports saying they have copies of the documents.
Under one of the draft decrees, import of high-octane gasoline is fully banned, whereas the second draft envisages limitation of oil product imports. The suggested ban period is half a year in both documents.
Official Astana, as well as “Kazmunaygas” state-funded enterprise that will, according to the draft documents, be operating imports of Russian oil products, have not commented on the information yet.
In 2012, Kazakhstan imported a total of 1.3mln tons of oil products from Russia (worth a total of 40bln rubles). “Gazprom neft” is the major oil product supplier that provides almost half of the overall volume.
Tensions between Russia and Kazakhstan intensified after the head of Kazakhstan National Space Agency Talgat Musabaev made a statement that the country intends to determine a jurisdiction over Baikonur cosmodrome and reduce the number of Proton-M missile carrier launches.
In response, Russia gave an ultimatum and listed the measures it was ready to take if Kazakhstan did not change its position on the cosmodrome. Nevertheless, at his meeting with Kazakhstan foreign minister Yerlan Idrisov Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said that it was not worth focusing on ultimatum and that the sides saw no serious contradiction on the cosmodrome. -0-