18:29 16.12.2016

WTO starts hearing dispute over restriction of imports of wagons, equipment by Russia under Ukraine's request

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WTO starts hearing dispute over restriction of imports of wagons, equipment by Russia under Ukraine's request

The WTO Dispute Settlement Body under a request of Ukraine on December 16, 2016 decided to create a group of experts to hear a dispute over the unlawful restrictive measures taken by Russia towards imports of wagons and railway equipment from Ukraine, the press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry reported on Friday.

A representative of Ukraine announced the repeated request to create a WTO Dispute Panel in DS499 dispute "Russia — Measures affecting the importation of railway equipment and parts thereof" the country initiated in November 2015.

It was decided to create the WTO Dispute Panel. Japan, the United States, China, Indonesia and Singapore as third parties joined the dispute.

"This is another step in the context of our comprehensive resistance to Russian trade aggression within WTO. We are confident in our positions and will do our best so that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body made a positive decision and Russia stops applying unlawful measures restricting Ukrainian imports," the press service said, citing Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine's Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska.

Russia since 2014 has started suspending their certificates issued to Ukrainian manufacturers without any grounds.

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