President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin extended special measures for the transit of goods that are transported from Ukraine to Kazakhstan through Russia until July 1, 2019. The corresponding decree is published on the official Internet portal of legal information of the Russian Federation.
Putin extended the decree "On measures to ensure economic security and the national interests of Russia in the implementation of international transit of goods from Ukraine to Kazakhstan through the territory of the Russian Federation."
The document establishes that goods from Ukraine can be imported only through a certain checkpoint, which is located on the border between Belarus and Russia. Cargo must be identified using seals, including those based on global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) technology.
We recall, on January 1, 2016, the Russian Federation imposed restrictions on transit through its territory. It was reported that the restrictions relate only to road transportation of goods from Ukraine to Kazakhstan, which should be carried out only through Belarus.
After some time, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine stated that with its measures Russia de facto completely stopped the transit of any goods from Ukraine through its territory, despite the fact that the presidential decree only dealt with restrictions on the transit of goods to Kazakhstan.