Expert: Turkey may request from the WTO, revoke the Russian Federation’s economic measures

Expert: Turkey may request from the WTO, revoke the Russian Federation’s economic measures


ANKARA, December 1. Turkey may request from the world trade organization (WTO) to abolish imposed by Russia economic measures as contrary to the General agreement on tariffs and trade (GATT). This opinion was expressed Director of the center for trade studies of the Turkish economic policy research Foundation (TEPAV): Aran.

“We’re talking about sanctions, contrary to many provisions of the GATT. If Turkey wants in the agenda may be made to the abolition of these sanctions through the channels of the WTO”, – said the former Turkish representative in the organization in an interview with the newspaper “Hurriyet”.

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Introduced measures of the Russian Federation, in his opinion, contrary to, in particular, the 21st article of the GATT agreement of 1994 providing for restrictive measures in case of threat to national security. “Russia, announcing measures that were not tied to international tensions, and motivated criminal and illegal actions, which have no place in the WTO”, – said the expert.

Director of the research center believes that Turkey can appeal to the WTO and to demand the establishment of the Commission, which will consider her appeal. “If the actions (of Russia) will be held to be contrary to the WTO should be abolished. However, if such a decision is made, it will not have retroactive effect and will apply to sanctions taken in the subsequent period,” he added.

A fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 on November 24 shot down a Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” The Russian President warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for bilateral relations.

November 28, Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On measures for safeguarding national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic.” In accordance with the decree, a ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain types of Turkish goods, the activities under the jurisdiction of the Turkish organizations, as of 1 January 2016 is prohibited to hire for certain jobs of Turkish citizens.

In Ankara prepared response

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As previously reported, in Turkey the preparation of the response against Russia, “the crisis Commission” headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet şimşek. According to local media reports, countermeasures will be aimed at reducing negative consequences in the field of energy, trade and tourism.

In particular, the Turkish side will look for alternative sources of energy. In this regard, as noted, can be signed an agreement on import of natural gas from Azerbaijan, Iran, liquefied gas from Qatar, Algeria and Nigeria.

The Turkish authorities can also slow down the negotiations with Russia on a free trade agreement, to delay the consideration of petitions of Russian companies, including banks, opening of offices in the country and to prevent their participation in the project of construction of the third NPP.

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