13:05 29.02.2016

Blocking of Russian truck transit to result in claims against Ukraine to WTO – infrastructure minister

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Blocking of Russian truck transit to result in claims against Ukraine to WTO – infrastructure minister

Blocking of Russian truck transit could entail claims against Ukraine to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Andriy Pyvovarsky has said.

"Our European partners could file claims to the World Trade Organization against Ukraine for blocking transit if transit is blocked," he said on Inter TV on Sunday.

The minister said that under international rules the blocking of transit is banned, as transit does not have boundaries.

He said that at present there is no blockage of Russian truck transit.

"There is no blockage. There are statements of public activists from the Svoboda party… Trucks with Russian registration that entered Ukraine from the European Union, Belarus or Russia after February 25 left Ukraine or having a rest and continue their trips tomorrow," Pyvovarsky said.

He also said that Ukrainian trucks involved in transit across Russia is seven times more than Russian trucks that are involved in transit across Ukraine.

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