According to Crewther, with Russia imposing tariffs of up to 15% on imports of butter, cheese and other dairy products, a free trade agreement could make a significant difference to kiwi exporters. « It is clear that they supported New Zealand`s desire to get a mandate [for an EU trade agreement] on 22 May, if each of these [meetings] resulted in this result, » she said. Not only was the agreement mentioned in the Labour-NZ First coalition agreement during the Speech from the Throne, but new trade opportunities with Russia were raised before Europe or Britain. A logical point, perhaps, but any comparison between your closest ally and an increasingly isolated power is hardly conventional diplomacy. Similarly, one of the world`s largest trading blocs is not being criticized as your country tries to negotiate a free trade agreement with it. New Zealand is « mortally serious » with a free trade agreement with Russia and has accused the European Union of « attacking » New Zealand`s agricultural markets. A Commonwealth agreement would link New Zealand to India – which has resisted efforts to reach a trade agreement between the two countries, he said. New Zealand would also have access to many African nations. At a time when US President Donald Trump is introducing tariffs that could trigger a global trade war, New Zealand could find itself on the wrong side of a fight between Russia and the rest of Europe if Peters continues to insist on the deal. In the 20th century, Soviet politics was considered subversive, with electoral cartoons showing sinister Bolshevik agents of the 1920s. The influence of the local left in trade unions was one of the subjects of Robert Muldoon, prime minister from 1975 to 1984. National won the 1975 election, backed by a television advertisement and the implication that Labour`s proposed superannuation programme would lead to state control. In 1980, New Zealand sent a small team of hulls to the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, although the government convinced most local sports organizations to join the boycott in protest against the Soviet-Afghanistan war.
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