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 Ukraine takes Russia to WTO, - Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia to the WTO regarding restrictions on the export of railcars and turnouts.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Natalia Mykolska, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Today, Ukraine has filed its first lawsuit against Russia to the WTO following the restrictions imposed on Ukrainian railcars and turnouts," she told reporters at a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv on Wednesday.

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According to her, Ukraine has repeatedly tried to tackle the issue at the level of relevant WTO committees but failed, and is consequently forced to resort to WTO's dispute settlement procedure.

Mykolska says Ukraine expects that this dispute be resolved at the stage of consultations within 30 days.

"Ukraine claims that since late 2013, the conformity assessment certificates for railway products imported from Ukraine into Russia have been suspended without any explanation and new applications have been rejected," the WTO said in their statement, as reported by Reuters.

Ukraine alleged that the restrictions broke several WTO rules and amounted to an effective ban on imports of the products into Russia, the WTO statement said.
 
 
 
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