Kazakhstan has introduced a 45-day ban on import of fuel from Russia. Some are worried that this will be the beginning of a new fuel deficit in the Central Asian economy. KazMunaiGas has a different view.
The People's Communist Party has tagged the decision to abandon construction of the 4th oil refinery in Kazakhstan ill judged and said problems had to be solved by the government not shifted to the shoulders of the citizens.
Uralsk is an administrative center of West Kazakhstan Oblast. The Oblast produces both oil and gas. However, since early morning yesterday people in the city have been forming kilometer-long queues to refuel.