Kiev embargo on the expanded list of goods from Russia enters into force

Kiev embargo on the expanded list of goods from Russia enters into force

Fell under the Russian embargo, in particular, onion, fish products, confectionery, cereals and some grains. Ukrainians who carry into the country prohibited goods, can be fined. The products will be withdrawn.

KYIV, 2 February –. The resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, which on 70 items expands the list of prohibited goods from Russia, on Tuesday, comes into force.

Ukraine and the EU in the framework of the Association agreement as of 1 January 2016 has launched a free trade zone. Russia from 1 January to protect its market introduced for Ukraine customs duties and food embargo, similar to that which acts against the countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time, Ukraine also imposed against Russian retaliatory sanctions on a number of commodities that will last until August 5, or to cancel predamage on Ukrainian goods. The Ukrainian government has deemed these measures insufficient and has expanded the list of prohibited goods.

With the beginning of the year the Ukrainian government has banned the import of Russian vodka, confectionery, meat, chocolate and chocolate sweets, fish, processed cheeses, beer, cigarettes with filter. In addition, under the ban got the equipment for Railways and tramways and diesel-electric locomotives.

Now to this list were added onions, green tea, prepared or preserved fish, caviar and other fish eggs, white chocolate, bonbons and similar sweets in the form of pellets. In addition, fell under the Russian embargo confectionery in the form of gum or jellies, including jelly and chocolate candies, containing alcohol, corn flakes, cereals (other than corn) in grain form or flakes, pellets or processed in any other way (except flour fine and coarse grinding, cereals).


Ukraine and the European Parliament in November 2014 ratified the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, part of which is the provision on free trade zone. The Russian authorities were afraid that duty-free EU goods via Ukraine will rush to the Russian market and create unequal conditions for domestic producers.

Russia from 1 January to protect its market banned the import of Ukrainian meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products.

In addition, the state Duma adopted the law on the suspension from January 1, 2016 actions concluded within the CIS Treaty on free trade area (FTA) with Ukraine as a country that had supported sanctions against Russia.

Kiev, in response, adopted a similar decision: to abolish the FTA with Russia within the CIS and to enter embargo on certain goods from Russia.

Later the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on the first in 2016, the government meeting instructed the Ministry of economy to expand the list of Russian products that fall under the ban in Ukraine. “I instruct the Ministry of economy to review the list and expand the list of goods that shall be subject to countermeasures of the Ukrainian side with the aim of protecting Ukrainian domestic market from the economic aggression of the Russian Federation”, — said Yatsenyuk.

The state fiscal service of Ukraine stated that the citizens who will be allowed into the country banned goods out of Russia can be fined, goods will be withdrawn.

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Kiev believes that preambulo in respect of Ukrainian goods from the Russian Federation not consistent with the WTO, in this regard, the Ukrainian authorities intend to challenge it. Ukraine at the meeting of the WTO in the second half of February plans to raise the issue of the alleged inconsistency with the rules of the organization imposed by Russia of measures, including food embargo and restrictions on the transit of Ukrainian goods to Kazakhstan.

Ukraine in his statement attracts the attention of WTO members to “continue the aggression by the Russian Federation.” In particular, notes the position of Kiev, after Ukraine’s decision to start the implementation of the FTA with the EU since 1 January 2016 the Russian Federation has introduced a number of politically motivated measures that restrict trade. Such measures concern the ban on the import of foodstuffs and suspend trade regime the free trade agreement of the CIS, as well as limitations of the transit of Ukrainian goods to Kazakhstan through the territory of the Russian Federation. In Kiev the statement indicates that Moscow’s actions violate international law, “the fundamental principles of the WTO agreement, and the obligations of the Russian Federation to the WTO”.

The Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalie Jaresko during the world economic forum in Davos, held a meeting with his colleague from Canada, which asked her to support Kiev in the WTO in the trade conflict with Russia.

In addition, Jaresko said that he had discussed with his American counterpart “trade dispute” in Ukraine and Russia.