Ukraine files appeal against WTO decision in dispute with Russia about duties on fertilizers

The complaint will be processed within three months
19:41, 26 August 2018

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Ukraine appealed against the decision of the World Trade Organization in a dispute over duties on ammonium nitrate. This was reported by the press service of the WTO.

"Ukraine sent an appeal on August 23 to the decision of the panel of arbitrators of the WTO regarding the case initiated by the Russian Federation on anti-dumping measures against ammonium nitrate," the organization's representatives said.

It is expected that for several days on the WTO website will appear a document with detailed information on the appeal filed by Ukraine. After that, the parties - Ukraine and Russia - will have to wait another three months while the WTO will consider the complaint.

We remind you that earlier it was reported that Russia had submitted lawsuits to Ukraine and the European Union to the WTO. Claims are related to duties on ammonium nitrate and welded pipes of Russian origin. On July 20, the arbitration of the World Trade Organization decided in favor of Russia in the case of ammonium nitrate.

Administration of Donald Trump took Russian side in the case of WTO regarding the Ukrainian transit, as Politico reports 

According to the outlet, the decision of WTO panel, which is expected this year may have consequences for a number of cases against the USA for application of duties on steel and aluminum by Trump. 

The case against the Russian Federation concerns another question, in particular, transit limits, which Moscow imposed on Kyiv in January 2014, and cutting the Ukrainian exporters off the key markets in Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

Although the US is supporting Ukraine in the territorial conflict with Russia, Washington and Moscow are stressing that WTO has not right to consider the Ukranian case regarding the transit limits. 

The Russian side claimed that they introduced limits in accordance with the article 21 of The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which allows WTO members to resort to actions that violate their obligations in the organization, guided by considerations of national security.

The US Government claims that the dispute, which concerns security has a political nature and that's why it falls outside the competence of WTO. Trump's Administration uses the same argument to justify introduced duties on steel and aluminum. 

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