Russia: Kaliningrad region to compensate costs for sea cargo transportation to/from mainland

Kaliningrad region is looking into a possibility of compensating shipping costs when it comes to cargoes delivered by sea to the region from the mainland Russia and back, Vladimir Zhovtun, head of the Transport Development Department at the regional Ministry of Infrastructure Development, said. According to him, this mechanism is already applied to railway transportations…

Belarus: Egypt interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises

Egypt is interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises together with Belarus. The relevant possibilities were discussed during the latest meeting of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Rachkov and Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ihab Nasr, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. During the meeting…

Belarus: China to invest 700 million RMB in housing construction in 2016-2017

China’s investments into the construction of multi-storied apartment buildings in Belarus in 2016-2017 will total 700 million yuan (RMB), Belarus’ Vice Minister of Architecture and Construction Alexander Kruchanov said in a statement. According to him, Belarus is currently short of finance for housing construction and China’s gratuitous aid will somehow improve the situation. Chinese investors…

Russia: Caspian flotilla ships perform artillery firing missions within the “Caucasus-2016” exercise

The Caspian flotilla ships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala within the strike grouping have performed artillery firings in the assigned zones of the Caspian Sea at the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”, the press center of RF Defense Ministry reported. The ships also repelled attacks of simulated enemy surface ships. Besides that crews practiced air defense in movement…

Belarus: car tire market to shrink in 2016

The capacity of Belarus’ automobile tire market is likely to reduce slightly in 2016, Belarus’ tire manufacturer Belshina said in a statement. Belarus’ tire market grew to 1.4 million units in H1 2016, including passenger car tires – 67.3% (down by 2,7% since early 2016), truck tires – 16.5% (up by 1.5%), farming machinery tires…

Russia: Balakin appointed Managing Director of port Posiet

Mechel says Anatoly Balakin has been appointed Managing Director of commercial port Posiet (part of Mechel Groip’s transport division administered by Mecheltrans Management Company LLC). The company says Anatoly Balakin will lead the work on further implementation of the program on retrofitting and upgrading the port facilities and adjoining infrastructure facilities so that loading/unloading complex…

Ukraine: government seeks to sell Artyomsol, Ukrspyrt and Bilshovyk R&D companies in 2017

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has expanded the list of facilities to be put up for sale in 2016-2017 after they have been removed by the Verkhovna Rada from the list of companies ineligible for privatization. The list includes Artyomsol, Ukrspyrt state-run enterprises, Bilshovyk research and development (R&D) enterprise and Lviv state-run jewelry factory. The amendments…

Russia: Micran sees no problem with US sanctions

Russian radio electronics producer Micran sees no problems in its addition to the U.S. sanction list, Director Vladimir Dotsenko said. “I don’t expect any serious difficulties. Restrictive measures have been in effect for a long time. We live under these conditions. On the other hand, we supply products mainly to the internal market, not to…

Russia: Aerospace forces to start receiving Mi-26T2 helicopters in 2018

The Russian Aerospace Forces will start receiving the upgraded Mi-26T2 heavy-lift transport helicopters in 2018, a spokesman for the manufacturing firm Russian Helicopters said. “Deliveries of Mi-26T2 to the Russian Defense Ministry are planned for 2018, but this deadline depends not only on the Russian Helicopters holding’s enterprises”, Director of Public Procurement and Military-Technical Cooperation…

Russia: 97 million tons of grain threshed

Russian farmers have threshed 96.879 million tons of grain from 34.9 million hectares as of September 6, compared with 29 million hectares last year as of the corresponding date, the Agriculture Ministry said. Wheat harvest amounted to 66.8 million tons and barley harvest stood at 17.6 million tons. The ministry expects Russia’s grain harvest to…

Russia: winter sowing started

This year Russia started winter sowing a few days later than in 2015. As of September 2, winter grains had been sown at 3410.9 thousand ha, 19.7% of the plan (17.35 million ha). In Ural federal district winter sowing was carried out at 69.6% – at 47.4 thousand ha, in Privolzhsky – at 50.9% (2414.8…

Russia to supply Ka-52K attack helicopters to Egypt

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi recently agreed to establish a training program for Egyptian pilots. Considering this development, it is very likely that Moscow and Cairo are in fact close to brokering a sale of Russian-made Ka-52K carrier-based attack helicopters to Egypt, which would become a welcome addition to…

Russia: wheat exports up in January-July 2016

Russia’s wheat exports rose by 60% YoY to 10.885 million tons in January-July, according to the Federal Customs Service. In monetary terms, exports increased by 29.82% to $1.886 billion. Russia’s wheat exports to non-CIS countries increased by 70% YoY to 10.424 million tons worth $1.806 billion, up by 38.09% rise in monetary terms. Wheat exports…