Disinfo: Ukraine figured out how to rip Russia off with new taxes on diesel fuel

Summary

The Ukrainian authorities may introduce an additional tax on subsidised imports of diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas from the Russian Federation. A new way to “rip off” Russia was invented by Ukrainian oil and gas workers.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine failing to survive without Russia or without Russian gas.

Before this article's appearance, the Ukrainian Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade stated that there is no reason to implement new taxes on subsidised imports to Ukraine of certain products such as diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas from the Russian Federation.

The arguments for applying such taxes were that Russian companies who provide diesel fuel and liquefied natural gas are subsidised by the state, therefore it could be uncompetitive for Ukrainian companies.

From 2019 there is a special 3.75% tax on import of diesel fuel and liquefied gas supplied from Russia. These measures appeared in the response to trade sanctions of Russia against Ukraine.

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: gas, Trade

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