From March 1, Russia will ban the export of gasoline

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Illustration: Refueling at a gas station / Photo: EPA-EFE / CONSTANTIN ZINN

From March 1, Russia will ban the export of gasoline for half a year, said the spokeswoman of Alexander Novak, the deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing the country's energy sector.

With this move, Moscow intends to compensate the increased demand of domestic consumers and farmers and to enable planned servicing of the refineries.

Russia passed a similar ban between September and November last year to deal with high domestic prices and fuel shortages.

Only four countries were exempted – Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, which were once part of the Soviet Union and now form the Eurasian Economic Union.

These four countries should be exempted again, along with Mongolia, Uzbekistan and the two Russian-backed breakaway regions of Georgia – South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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