Kazakhstan and Belarus decided against supporting Russia’s resolution to limit imports from Ukraine, Russia’s Vedomosti reports.
Russia suggested its partners within the Customs Union to sign a respective document [on limiting imports from Ukraine] at the session of the Eurasian Committee -- permanent supranational regulatory body of the Customs Union.
After Kazakhstan and Belarus rejected to sign the resolution, Russia got the right to act unilaterally.
“We do understand our colleagues from Kazakhstan and Belarus. Kazakhstan is seeking to enter the WTO and there’s a risk of Ukraine trying to block its accession. Belarus shares a 600-km-long border with Ukraine and closing the border is economically unreasonable”, - Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of Russia’s President said.
Russia’s decision to limit imports from Ukraine was preceded by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko’s agreement on association with the EU.
Moscow is concerned that following the agreement cheap European products may flock to the Customs Union marked as if they had been produced in Ukraine.