Russia can leave WTO in case of satisfaction of EU claim

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Federation Council believes that Europeans were the first to violate WTO rules, using the sanctions policy against Russia
19:30, 7 January 2018
Russia can remove itself from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in case of satisfying the EU's claim to claw back 1.39 billion euros from the Russian Federation per year due to the restriction of pork imports. This was stated on Sunday by the first deputy head of the economic committee of the Council of Federation, Sergei Kalashnikov, the RIA Novosti reports.

"If the EU's suit is satisfied, we, probably, will have to limit our participation in the World Trade Organization, possibly completely," he believes.

Kalashnikov stressed that the EU's introduction of sanctions against Russia and the reciprocal embargo on the supply of food from the EU is "absolutely out of the logic of legislation related to the WTO."

"Sanctions are not at all in accordance with the rules of the World Trade Organization," said Kalashnikov.
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He also said that Europeans were the first to violate WTO rules, using the sanctions policy against the Russian Federation.

Earlier, Politico learned that due to the restriction of pork imports, the European Union intends to claw back from Russia 1.39 billion euros per year, the WTO has already sent to the arbitration court the demand of Brussels. It is noted that the required compensation equals the total value of exports of pork from the EU to Russia in 2013. It is planned that the number of penalties each year will increase by 15%.

We recall, in early 2014, the Russian authorities imposed a ban on the import of pork from the EU. The reason for this was the African swine fever (ASF) reported in 2013 in Lithuania and Poland. In 2016, the WTO decided that the Russian embargo runs counter to the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the WTO. The appeal of Russia was rejected.

In the winter of 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia announced that the WTO requirements had been met, and the ban on meat import had been lifted. However, the import of pork remained banned as part of the Russian economic response to the sectoral sanctions of the European Union.
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