Ukraine: Antonov and AICC agree on long-term cooperation on An-225 Mriya aircraft

Kyiv-based state-run Antonov enterprise and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) have signed an agreement on cooperation under the An-225 Mriya aircraft program, the Ukrainian company’s press service has said. “The parties have expressed their intention to cooperate in the long-term outlook, which foresees the construction of the second sample of the modernized An-225 Mriya…

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Russia: watchdog opposes excise duty on sweetened beverages

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service believes that a decision to introduce an excise duty on sugar-containing beverages will lead to higher food prices, a lower purchasing power and falling budget revenues, Anna Mirochinenko, director of the service’s chemical and agriculture industries control department, said. “The Federal Antimonopoly Service believes that expanding the list of excisable goods…

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Russia: soybean production volumes to be doubled

The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia plans to double soybean production volumes in the country, the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev declared. According to him, increasing of the domestic production of the oilseed would break the dependence on imports of low-quality soybeans, including genetically modified oilseed, as well as allow increasing…

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Russia: new Apple products certified

Russia has certified Apple’s new smartphones, smartwatches and wireless headphones. The certification shows two modifications of the iPhone 7 instead of three earlier expected. The smartphones will run on the iOS 10 operating system. Apple certified three new models of the Apple Watch on the watch OS2 system. The U.S. giant will unveil its new…

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Russia: sunflower export tax down

Starting from September 1, Russia is decreasing export tax for sunflower, exported to the non-Customs Union countries. The corresponding decree has already been published on the government’s web-site. Sunflower seed export tax, including material for seeding purposes, will equal 6.5% from the good’s customs value, but no less than EUR 9.75 per 1 MT. Currently…

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Belarus to host investment forum focused on innovations, FDI and intellectual property rights

Belarus is due to host an investment forum in Minsk on September 29-30. Entitled “Broadening the Horizons: Investment, Finance, Development”, the forum will focus on innovations, inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI), and protection of intellectual property rights. The major goal of the forum is to discuss relevant aspects of investment cooperation and attract the…

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