Russia boosting Arctic military presence

Russia is building and reconstructing 10 military airfields in the Arctic, according to the Ministry of Defense. By making this move, the country aims to ensure its military security in the region. Russia’s Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) is currently developing infrastructure facilities on military bases and garrisons in the Far North, Far East…

Russia: Rosneft, Lukoil and Gazprom to take part in building refinery in Laos

The government delegation of Laos offered participation in implementation of Laos-Vietnam pipeline construction project and development of a refinery in Laos, representative of the Russian Ministry of Energy said. “We are aware of Laos’ interest in participation of Russian companies in development of refining facilities in the country. The Laos government delegation held talks with…

India complains about Mig-29K/KUB performance

India reports several troubles with the performance and maintenance of its MiG-29K/KUB (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) naval multirole fighters, as well as with Vikramaditya (former “Admiral Gorshkov”/Kiev-class) aircraft carrier. The fighters built by Russia’s RSK-MiG corporation (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, Russian acronym: OAK) come short of Indian Navy`s (IN) requirements, a source…

Russia: 34 million tons of grains exported

In 2015/2016 MY, the volume of grain exports from Russia totaled 33.894 million tons, an increase of 11.1% compared with the previous season (30.5 million tons), declared the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. According to the announcement, the wheat volumes formed 24.6 million tons from the reporting export volumes, barley – 4.23 million…

Ukraine: Antonov seeking to expand partners’ circle under imports replacement program at Farnborough 2016

Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv), a leading Ukrainian designer and manufacturer of aircraft, seeks to expand the circle of partners under the imports replacement program during its participation in Farnborough International Airshow Trade 2016 to be held on July 11 through July 17, near London, the press service of the enterprise has said. “The main purpose…

Russia: winemakers from 11 countries participated in the “Wines of the Black Sea 2016” contest-rating

Contest-rating “Wines of the Black Sea 2016” was held within the III Black Sea Forum of Winemaking in Sochi on June 29 – July 1, the results were announced on July 1.

The competition-rating had about 200 samples of wines from 11 countries. (Techdrinks/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: Danube Declaration on inland waterways development signed

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukraine has signed the Danube Declaration on inland waterway development. The Danube Declaration was adopted on June 7, 2012 in Luxembourg at Ministerial Meeting on the Danube affairs. Transport ministers and heads of delegations from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia adopted the Declaration. Countries-signatories of…

Ukraine: palm oil imports up in May 2016

In May Ukraine imported 11.8 KMT of palm oil against 7.7 KMT in May 2015. Slight reduction in this product imports was observed for the second consecutive month. In April Ukraine imported 14 KMT, and in March – 15.8 KMT. This reduction didn’t have a great impact on the season’s results. During the first nine…

Ukraine: barley exports down in May 2016

In May Ukraine exported 111.9 KMT of barley compared with 111.15 KMT in May 2015. During July-May of season 2015/16 Ukraine exported 4308.6 KMT of barley, down by 3% YoY (4440.2 KMT). Market operators estimate that additional 50 KMT of barley were exported in June, while in June 2015 barley exports totaled only 3.12 KMT.…

Ukraine: Naftogaz unbundling plan adopted

On July 1, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (the CMU) approved of a comprehensive plan for restructuring of national joint stock company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” in line with the new law “On the natural gas market” adopted by the Parliament on April 9, 2015. Naftogaz’s unbundling has been a key aspect of the Ukrainian…

Ukraine: oil crops conditions are good

Hot weather and irregular rains accompanied by hail and thunderstorms in some regions were observed during last ten days of June. In some districts of the southern and central regions, where rains were the most intense, the daily maximum precipitation amount was sometimes higher than two-week norm. The average daily air temperature was 20-28 C…

Tajikistan: over 380 thousand tons of grain harvested

As of July 7, Tajikistan harvested 386.7 thousand tons of grain, up by 90.9 thousand tons YoY, the Ministry of Agriculture declared.

In 2016 the general planted areas of grain in the country totaled 311.2 thousand ha. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Russia: palm oil imports to set a new record

In May palm oil purchases by Russian companies decreased to 55 KMT compared with the previous month (60.6 KMT in April). At the same time imports increased by 12.4 KMT compared to 42.6 KMT in May 2015. During nine months of the season 2015/2016 (September-May), palm imports to Russian Federation reached 708.4 KMT. It’s safe…

Russia: 9 million tons of grain harvested

As of July 7, Russian agrarians continued harvesting grain and pulses. Agrarians harvested grain crops throughout the areas of 2.2 million ha (1.4 million ha in 2015), and produced 9.6 million tons of grain, with the average yield of 4.33 t/ha (5.3 million tons with the yield of 3.81 t/ha in 2015), the Ministry of…