As this continues in the West, China has taken a more open approach to supporting trade, most recently during Premier Li Keqiang`s tour of Australia and New Zealand, and Finance Minister Gabriel Makhlouf called on policymakers to cling to the growing appetite for free trade throughout Asia. “I don`t think we can see this as a position that the Ardern government as a whole holds with the front and the centre – maybe it`s in the coalition agreement, but it`s not clear that it`s a priority.” The president of beef and lamb, James Parsons, said that the coalition agreement had spoken very little directly about trade, with the exception of the resumption of free trade negotiations with the EU led by Russia. As part of the coalition agreement, NZ First pledged to work towards a free trade agreement with the Russian-Belarusian-Kazakh customs union, commonly known as the EEU, and to seek closer economic relations with the Commonwealth. In 2014, New Zealand suspended free trade negotiations with Russia and its client union partners Belarus and Kazakhstan due to the conflict in the Crimean peninsula, after almost concluding a free trade agreement after four years of negotiations. Against investor-state dispute settlement (ISDR) provisions in bilateral and multilateral agreements and hence against the Trans-Pacific Partnership 11, which offered little to New Zealand exporters. The previous national government began trade negotiations with Russia in 2010, before ending talks when it annexed Crimea after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by a revolution. Here is a list of the free trade agreements that include New Zealand. In parentheses, the abbreviation, if any, membership, unless indicated in advance, and the date of entry into force. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, bilateral trade between New Zealand and the rebuilt Russian Federation collapsed dramatically, but resumed later in the decade.  Russia is ready to resume free trade negotiations with New Zealand, which were halted after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, but Trade Minister Todd McClay says it is too early to resume negotiations with the world`s twelfth economy.
“The reference to Russia as a `potential agreement` as part of the existing agenda of free trade negotiations to be completed reflects the fact that negotiations for a free trade agreement with Russia and its customs union partners have been suspended since 2014,” McClay said in an emailed statement. “Any future decision to resume negotiations should take into account a number of factors.” In 2014, New Zealand suspended free trade negotiations with Russia and its customs union partners Belarus and Kazakhstan due to the conflict in the Crimean peninsula, after almost concluding a free trade agreement after four years of negotiations. Former Prime Minister John Key told Russian President Vladimir Putin last year at the Apec meeting in Lima, Peru, that New Zealand was ready to resume trade negotiations, but only on a timetable authorized by the position of European nations on the Ukraine conflict.