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Ukraine complains to WTO about new transit sanctions imposed by Russia

Staff Writer | February 15, 2019
Ukraine at a meeting of the committee on trade facilitation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said that Russia does not observe its liabilities regarding freedom of transit, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry has reported.
Europe   Representatives of the Ukrainian delegation drew the attention
"In particular, representatives of the Ukrainian delegation drew the attention of members of the committee to the introduction by the Russian Federation of ban on the imports of certain goods into their territory, which move in transit through the territory of Ukraine from third countries that are members of the WTO," the ministry said after the meeting of the committee held on February 12 and February 13, 2019 in Geneva (Switzerland).

According to the Ukrainian side, these measures contradict the provisions of Articles 5.6 of the GATT 1994 and 11.4 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and, as a result, create additional barriers to transit, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade specified.

As reported, on December 29, 2018, the Russian Federation published a government decree that, among other things, prohibits the importation of goods, which were transited through Ukraine, into the customs territory of the Russian Federation according to the approved list.