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Ukraine to ask WTO to help with Russia

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Kyiv is considering a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) about Russia's intensive customs inspections. Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Ihor Prasolov said that a complaint is an option to end the dispute with Moscow.




At the same time, Russia's Federal Customs Service chief defended Moscow's actions as necessary to solve problems with suspected rigged declarations. Andrei Belyaninov said rigged declarations misrepresent cargoes, their value, and country of origin. The two sides are due to meet in Moscow on August 19 to discuss their differences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych spoke about the problem by phone on August 16, but released no details of the conversation. Ukraine has banned the import of wheat from Russia's major wheat-producing regions since Ukrainian goods began backing up August 15 along the Russian-Ukrainian border.


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