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The US supports Russia in WTO case in blocking Ukranian transit

The second loss of Ukraine in dispute with Russia within the World Trade Organization became known
21:40, 30 July 2018

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

The other members of WTO, in particular Canada, insist that the countries should at least explain why did they apply the article 21. 

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