Russia appealed the decision of the WTO’s trade dispute with EU

Russia has filed an appeal against the decision of the world trade organization (WTO) in a dispute with the European Union about restriction of deliveries of pork from Europe. This is stated in the message published on the website of Minekonomrazvitija Russia.

The report notes that Russia “is in General not agree with the decision of the arbitration panel, which determined that restrictions on imports of live pigs and pork from the EU (except for restrictions in respect of Latvia) inconsistent with the WTO rules.

“In less than 2 years in the Baltic States and Poland was about 2.5 thousand foci of infection African swine fever in this epidemic situation continues to worsen. It svidetelstvuet the ineffectiveness of measures taken by the competent services of the EU to eliminate fires and to provide adequate protection,” — says the Ministry of economic development.

The Ministry of the decision of the arbitration panel named as “illogical”, as the panel decided that the termination of deliveries of pork from the EU is due to “the restrictive measure of Russia, and not with the inability of the EU to deliver safe products.”

In January 2014, the Rosselkhoznadzor imposed a ban on the import of live pigs and pork products from all EU countries, citing the outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania and Poland. In April 2014 the EU requested consultations with Russia on the issue of lifting the ban, and in June of the same year, asked the WTO to convene a panel of arbitrators to resolve the dispute.

Panel of arbitrators at the WTO, to understand the legality of the Russian ban 2014 on the import of European pork, in August ruled that the ban is contrary to the Agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures.