WTO confirms Ukraine requests consultation over grain import ban
MOSCOW, September 19 – RIA Novosti. The World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed to RIA Novosti that Ukraine on Monday evening requested consultations on banning the import of its grain to Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
On Monday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy announced that a lawsuit had been filed with the WTO against three Eastern European countries.
“We can confirm that the request for consultation was received on Monday evening,” the WTO said in response to the written request.
On September 15, the European Commission decided not to extend restrictions on imports of four types of Ukrainian agricultural products to many EU border countries, but obliged Kiev to introduce export control measures. Following this, the authorities of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland announced that they would unilaterally extend the ban. Hungary, in particular, expanded the ban on a national basis; 24 products were included in the banned import list. In addition to grains, the list also included various types of meat, poultry, eggs, honey, vegetables and wine.
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