Date: 5 days ago   Category: Economy

The government recommends not to challenge loss of Ukraine in the WTO on a transit dispute with the Russian Federation


The interdepartmental working group at the Ministry of Economic Development recommended to refrain from the appeal appeal on the case of restriction of transit with Russia from Ukraine.

the Group of experts of the WTO recognized that actions of Russia were justified as really there is "an emergency situation in the international relations" between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Ukraine claimed that the Russian Federation illegally limited the transit movement from the territory of Ukraine through the territory of the Russian Federation to the third countries and broke the basic principles of multilateral trading facility.

the Interdepartmental working group at the Ministry of Economic Development analysed the report of the group of experts of the WTO in this case and came to a conclusion that the report contains "a number of the essential provisions positive for the trade interests of Ukraine and all international community".

In particular, the working group claims that conclusions of the group of experts of the WTO about existence of "force majeure in the international relations" are "de-facto recognition by one more international organization in the person of the WTO of existence of armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia".

"Besides, conclusions of the group of experts of the WTO give the chance to Ukraine according to own interests in case of such need to apply sanctions against Russia, being guided by the regulations on existence of "force majeure in the international relations" determined by experts of the WTO according to Article XXI ("Exceptions for safety reasons") GATT of 1994", - said in the press service of the ministry.

"The group of experts of the WTO in the report also confirmed that Ukraine surely would prove the violation fact the Russian side of the obligations concerning freedom of transit if not existence of recognized "force majeure in the international relations" which exist between Ukraine and Russia today", - added in the ministry.

Members of the interdepartmental working group agreed that "substantially submitted report of the group of experts of the WTO in general is favorable to Ukraine both in medium-term, and in the long term as it creates for Ukraine effective tools for protection of the rights and interests within WTO membership".

the Interdepartmental working group made the decision to refrain from initiation of the procedure of appeal revision of conclusions of the group of experts on this business. Read to

in more detail in article "Defeat with chance of a revenge: why the WTO did not support Ukraine in a transit dispute with the Russian Federation".

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