Ukraine files lawsuit against Russian to WTO over export of railroad cars, switches – official
Ukraine has lodged a lawsuit against Russia with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over restrictions on the export of cars and railroad switches, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Natalia Nikolska has said.
"Today Ukraine has filed the first lawsuit against Russia to the WTO which is related to the restrictions that were imposed on Ukrainian railroad cars and switches," she told reporters at a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Nikolska said this is the first of the lawsuits being prepared against Russia on the dispute. She said that Russia has groundlessly imposed restrictions on Ukrainian wagon exports since 2013, annulling the relevant certificates. The restrictions applied to Kriukov Car Building Works, Dnipropetrovsk switches plant, Azovzahalmash, and Kharkiv machine building plant FED.
According to her, Ukraine has repeatedly tried to settle the dispute in WTO committees, but without success. As a result, Ukraine had to resort to the WTO dispute settlement procedure.
Nikolska said that Ukraine expected to resolve this dispute with Russia through consultations within 30 days.
According to Nikolska, as a result of the restrictions exports of goods group 86 from Ukraine decreased from $1.7 billion in 2013 to $51 million in the first seven months of 2015.