Kazakhstan cracks down on sanctions-hit Russian truckers

The move will be a boon for Kazakh truckers but is likely to irritate Moscow, Kazakhstan's major trade and security partner, which expects support from its allies in the face of Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. Imports from the EU to Kazakhstan by road usually go via Russia and Belarus and have traditionally been done mostly by Russian freight companies.


Reuters | Almaty | Updated: 20-09-2022 16:15 IST | Created: 20-09-2022 16:03 IST
Kazakhstan cracks down on sanctions-hit Russian truckers
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Kazakhstan has closed a loophole used by Russian and Belarusian freight shippers whose trucks have been barred from entering the European Union, the Central Asian nation's Industry and Infrastructure Development Ministry said on Tuesday. The move will be a boon for Kazakh truckers but is likely to irritate Moscow, Kazakhstan's major trade and security partner, which expects support from its allies in the face of Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.

Imports from the EU to Kazakhstan by road usually go via Russia and Belarus and have traditionally been done mostly by Russian freight companies. But with them being barred from entering the EU, Russian and Belarusian truckers have been switching loads on the Belarusian border. Kazakhstan had demanded paperwork for the EU leg of the shipment, which they could not present, but temporarily lifted the requirement in the summer.

On Tuesday the ministry said it would fully enforce it and has warned authorities in a number of countries including Russia about that. Kazakhstan has refused to recognise pro-Russian statelets in eastern Ukraine and did not support what Moscow calls a "special military operation" there. Astana has called for the conflict to be resolved in line with the U.N. charter.

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