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Kazakhstan to cease to be rival to Russia's and Ukraine's grain exports in Black Sea region

Kazakhstan Materials 12 August 2012 13:30
In 2013 Kazakhstan will cease to be a rival to Russia's and Ukraine's grain exports in the Black Sea region
Kazakhstan to cease to be rival to Russia's and Ukraine's grain exports in Black Sea region

Kazakhstan, Astana, Aug.8 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/

In 2013 Kazakhstan will cease to be a rival to Russia's and Ukraine's grain exports in the Black Sea region, President of Grain Union of Kazakhstan Nurlan Tleubayev said in Astana during the videoconference, "Astana - Moscow - Kyiv" on "Food Security: forecasts, risks, concerns" on Wednesday.

He noted that it is expected to open Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway, as well as the railway connection between Georgia and Turkey, which will open new directions for Kazakhstan grain exports.

"We refuse to transit through Russia. We have a port of Aktau, our cars will pass through the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and will reach Turkey," Tleubayev said.

He also noted that a lot of grain flows will go by rail to China and Iran.

An intergovernmental agreement on the project North-South was signed between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran in 2007. The projected volume of traffic on this route amounts to 10 million tons per year.

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