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Ukraine complains to WTO over Russian ban on transit of goods

Staff Writer |
Kiev has filed an application with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over imposing restrictions by Russia on transit of Ukrainian goods to Third Countries, Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade announced.

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Ukraine has asked the WTO to set up a panel of arbiters to rule on the complaint, according to the statement.

The applicant claims that “about 79 percent of export supplies from Ukraine to Kazakhstan and 95 percent of deliveries to Kyrgyzstan suffered from the restrictions imposed by Russia.”

According to Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Natalia Nikolskaya, export of Ukrainian goods to Central Asian Countries in 2016 dropped by 38,3 percent as compared to 2015.

Kiev in the complaint insists that Moscow violated several articles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) as well as Paragraph 2 of Part I of the Russian Federation's Accession Protocol.

Restrictions have been imposed after establishing a free trade regime between the European Union and Ukraine.

The EU and Ukraine have provisionally applied their Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) since January 1, 2016, according to the European Commission’s website. Therefore, operation of the Free Trade treaty between Moscow and Kiev was suspended.

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