Kazakhstan has banned Ukrainian poultry exports, citing a lack of thorough sanitary inspections. The ban, announced August 20, comes a week after customs officials began tougher checks on imports from Ukraine.

"If suppliers of this produce are creating hurdles, of course there will be no import of this produce to Kazakhstan," Kazakh Deputy Agriculture Minister Gulmira Isayeva told Interfax.

Tougher rules on imports from Ukrainian are being put in place as Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are forming a trade bloc, with hopes that Ukraine will join.