Belarus: GDP down in January-September 2016

According to initial evaluations, in January-September Belarus’ gross domestic product totaled Br69.3 billion or 97.1% as against January-September 2015 in comparable prices, the National Statistics Committee of Belarus reported.

In January-September the deflator index of Belarus’ GDP totaled 108.2% as against the same period of last year. (BelTA/Business World Magazine)

Russia: 60 cruise ships bring 26,000 passengers to Saint-Petersburg

60 cruise ships were serviced at the embankments of Saint-Petersburg in the navigation season of 2016. Those vessels brought to the city 26,000 cruise passengers, Andrei Mushkarev, Chairman of Saint-Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development, reported. According to him, FSUE Rosmorport is planning to reconstruct the landing stages at Angliyskaya and Lieutenant Shmidt embankments. (Portnews/Business World…


Ukraine: sunflower seed market in 2015/2016

The 2015/2016 marketing year was quite successful for Ukraine in markets of sunflower seed and its processed products. All-time high sunseed production at 11760 KMT was the key to such a success. Favorable agro-meteorological conditions allowed obtaining the best results on close to record planted area, owing to minimal losses and high productivity. High sunflower…


Ukraine: sanctions against Russian defense enterprises prolonged and expanded

Ukraine has extended for a year and has expanded the sanctions imposed in September 2015 against the Russian enterprises and companies, which are operating in the interests of the Russian security and defense sector. According to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decree dated October 17, which enacted the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council’s decision of…


Ukraine: seaports grain exports down in the second week of October 2016

On October 10-16, Ukraine exported 506 thousand tons of grains from the seaports against 545.9 thousand tons on the previous week.

In particular, wheat shipments reached 244.1 thousand tons, barley – 135.4 thousand tons, and corn – 126.5 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Russia: Punginskoye UGS facility first start-up phase completed

StroyCazMontazh has completed the first start-up phase at the Punginskoye underground gas storage facility (UGS). Works for Punginskoye underground gas storage facility expansion have included installation of two 16MW GPUs and gas-collection system, consisting of 12 wells within three well groups, as well as construction of three administration buildings, a measuring point and a control…


Russia: manned US missions to ISS on Atlas V Launcher to use Russian RD-180 engines

Manned US missions to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Atlas V launch system and Boeing’s newly developing capsule will be carried out using Russia’s RD-180 engines, the Energomash space and rocket engine director Igor Arbuzov said. The first unmanned test launch of the heavy-lift Atlas V vehicle with Boeing’s Crew Transportation System (CTS)…


Russia: Khrunichev Center concludes two Proton launch contracts as part of multi-launch deal with Eutelsat

International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat have announced the signing of two launch contracts for the 2018-2020 period. ILS is a Khrunichev Space Center subsidiary, which provides Proton-based launch services for global international commercial satellite operators, and Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading operators of satellite communications, headquartered in Paris, France. The first…


Russia: grain exports from the seaports doubled in the second week of October 2016

On October 10-16, the export volumes of grains from the Russian seaports reached 637.4 thousand tons against 325.9 thousand tons shipped on the previous week.

In particular, the wheat shipments totaled 526.8 thousand tons, barley – 3 thousand tons, corn – 101.5 thousand tons, and peas – 6.1 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: EU publishes proposal to increase the quotas for duty-free imports of products

The European Union published a proposal to increase the quotas for duty-free supplying of Ukrainian products, including food products, products of the chemical industry, etc., the Official Journal of the European Union informed. In particular, the document proposed to provide additional quotas to Ukrainian agricultural producers for the supply of corn and flour (650 thousand…