Source: WTO has not received complaints from Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the situation with the transit of trucks

Source: WTO has not received complaints from Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the situation with the transit of trucks


GENEVA, 16 February. /Corr. Konstantin Pribytkov/. The world trade organization (WTO) has not received a formal request to Russia or Ukraine to consider the situation concerning the suspension of transit freight transport. About it the correspondent of TASS reported a source in the WTO, familiar with the procedure for consideration of trade disputes.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister, about the movement of all modes of transport of Ukraine

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“In the WTO on this issue will not take any steps until they receive an official complaint by one of the parties, the expert said, speaking on condition of anonymity. – If one of the parties will claim that the other side’s actions are contrary to the WTO rules, then it may apply to the dispute settlement Body. If no one sent the WTO a formal complaint, the WTO will not make any statements or comments on this issue. That is usually the case”.

The Agency interlocutor explained that in the absence of an official request by one of the parties in the WTO “no opinion or position” on the issue, calling the odds.

The expert reminded that there are times when, despite sanctions or other measures of economic impact, complaints to the WTO are not served. This occurs, apparently, in those cases, he suggested, when the problem is of a political nature. “When issues have a political context, it complicates things. Because it is not about trading, but about the political question”, – concluded the source.

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As stated in turn, the representative of the European Commissioner on trade Cecilia Malmstrom – Daniel Rosario, a European Commission believes that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, associated with blocking in Ukraine by Russian heavy trucks, should be discussed at the bilateral level in the framework of the law. “Any measure affecting trade, should be discussed bilaterally between trading partners,” he said, commenting on the situation.

February 11, the Ukrainian radicals in the Transcarpathian region announced an indefinite protest by blocking the transit of Russian trucks. Later they were joined by radical activists in nine provinces: Volyn, Rivne, Lviv, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Sumy and Chernivtsi.

In response, on 14 February, Russia suspended the movement of trucks on Ukrainian territory of the Russian Federation. On 15 February, the Ukrainian government officially announced the suspension of transit cargo vehicles registered in Russia. From February 16 the Russian Federation has suspended the transit via its territory commercial vehicles registered in Ukraine. “These responses will continue until the settlement of the situation related to the blocking by the Ukrainian side of the Russian commercial vehicles”, – stated in the message of Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation.

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