Russia, with high probability, will appeal the decision of the world trade organization (WTO) which declared illegal the ban on the import of live pigs and pork from Europe. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of economic development.
“The Russian side does not agree with the conclusions, because they are unreasonable and unfair. The appropriateness of the appeal to the WTO Appellate body is very high. A decision will be made within the WTO procedure time — in the coming weeks”, — is spoken in the message.
On Friday, the WTO supported the EU, ruling that the ban on pork imports imposed by Russia in January 2014, is contrary to the Agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures of the WTO. Then, the Rosselkhoznadzor has referred to the outbreak of African swine fever in Lithuania and Poland. The European Commission also protested against the fact that Moscow has extended a ban on imports of pork and those EU countries where there were outbreaks of this disease. In this part of the claims of the European Union, the arbitrators rejected, including allegations of neglect of economic factors and a lack of openness measures.
Today’s WTO ruling is the second decision taken against Russia in recent times. A week earlier, the arbitrators acknowledged that Moscow inflated duties on imports of European refrigerators, palm oil and paper, thereby violating WTO rules.