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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ban on Gas Imports

Russia will ban temporarily some gasoline imports as part of a protectionist drive to help its domestic refineries, Interfax quoted Foreign Trade Minister Oleg Davydov as saying Tuesday.

"A ban is required and called for by the fact that in recent times, more and more gasoline, made from Russian crude oil, is imported into Russia from abroad," it quoted him as saying.

Interfax said a ban would apply to "certain oil products" but Davydov was quoted as speaking only of gasoline.

No details were available on when the ban might be instituted.

"About one or two years are needed to re-equip Russian refining enterprises and increase the competitiveness of their products," Davydov was quoted as saying.

"When the depth of Russian refining reaches a high level, restrictions on the import of gasoline into Russia will be lifted."