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Moscow challenges baseless EU pork trade sanctions demand

Staff Writer |
Moscow has rejected an EU demand for €1.39 billion in compensation over a Russian pig and pork import ban by calling it “baseless.”

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The order will be challenged in a court of arbitration. Moscow has fulfilled all the requirements stipulated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) with regard to its pork and pigs import policy and lifted its embargo on the said products, the Russian Economic Development Ministry said.

The embargo was imposed because of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in some European countries.

Moscow first imposed the embargo on European pig and pork imports in 2014 following the ASF outbreak in several European states.

In February 2017, the WTO ruled the Russian pork ban illegal under international trade rules. Russia tried to appeal the decision but the WTO dismissed the motion.

In December 2017, Russia complied with the WTO decision by lifting the pork ban imposed in compliance with the Rosselkhoznadzor decision.

However, EU pork imports still remain banned in Russia as part of retaliatory measures imposed by Moscow against the EU in response to Europe's anti-Russian sanctions.

Brussels, meanwhile, continues to claim that Moscow has not fulfilled the WTO requirements. Russia denounced the new EU complaints over the issue as “unfounded.”

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