Year-on-year, exports rose 5.4 percent to USD 46.06 billion. Sales to countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) increased 9 percent, offsetting a 15.2 percent drop in shipments to the CIS countries.
Imports fell 4.2 percent on the year to USD 28.99 billion. Purchases from non-CIS dropped 2.3 percent while those from the CIS countries shrank by 16.5 percent.
On a monthly basis, non-seasonally adjusted exports rose 13 percent while imports advanced 8.2 percent.