Russia has declined Cairo's request to exempt Egypt from paying Russian wheat export tariffs, citing domestic legislation on equality of export tax policies for all foreign customers, the Agriculture Ministry said Thursday.

"The Russian legislation stipulates that established tariffs are universal and cannot be changed depending on individuals, entities or countries involved in imports or exports of goods," the ministry said in a statement.

Cairo was hoping to negotiate a trade agreement with Moscow that would exclude Egypt from Russian wheat export tariffs and facilitate supplies of specific quantities of wheat to the country.

Since February 1, 2015, Russia imposed export duties of 15 percent of the customs price plus 7.5 euro ($8.54) but no less than 35 euro per metric ton. The tax will be in effect until June 30, 2015 and will not concern other cereals