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Russia has filed a WTO action against Ukraine

Russia appealed to the dispute settlement body of the world trade organization with the request for consultations in connection with the Ukrainian sanctions against Russia. On Saturday, may 20, said the head of Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin, reports «Interfax».

«The Russian mission to the WTO in Geneva, sent to the dispute settlement body of the WTO and the government of Ukraine’s request for consultations due to the continuous input starting from 2014, restrictions, prohibitions, special requirements and procedures with respect to Russian goods, services and persons on the Ukrainian market, as well as in respect of transit through Ukraine,» said Oreshkin journalists after talks with head of the WTO, Robert Azevedo, conducted in the framework of the meeting of trade Ministers of APEC in Hanoi.

«There are serious reasons for considering that the measures taken by Ukraine in violation of its WTO obligations, including additional commitments made during accession. Moreover, the number of anti-Russian measures, their nature, scope restricted industries indicate that Ukraine is systematically and deliberately violating its international obligations by ignoring international trade rules, other rules of international law. While some of these measures do not just protect the Ukrainian economy, but on the contrary creates additional problems,» the Minister said.

«The request covers a total of hundreds of elements of Ukrainian normative acts and applies to violations of a number of the underlying WTO agreements including the agreement establishing the WTO General agreement on trade in goods, General agreement on trade in services, the agreement on import licensing, agreement on technical barriers to trade, agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary measures,» – said Oreshkin.

In accordance with the procedures of the WTO, requesting consultations is the first step in filing a claim. Within two months should be consulted with the government of Ukraine with the aim of finding ways to resolve the situation. If this does not bring results, Russia will have the right to refer the case to the arbitration group.

Russia has filed a WTO action against Ukraine 21.05.2017

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