August 9, 2012
Kazakhstan will refuse to transit grain through the Black Sea in 2013.
"I want to say to my colleagues from Russia and Ukraine: we will await further 12 months and starting from harvest 2013, we will refuse to be your competitors in the Black Sea region. And I will not go back on my words," Tleubayev said.
He added that this decision is connected with the opening of the railway connecting Georgia and Turkey, scheduled for early 2014: "We will refuse to transit through Russia. We have a port of Aktau, the cars will go through the Caspian Sea and then through Azerbaijan and Georgia to get to Turkey."