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Russia brings WTO complaint over ‘illegal’ US sanctions – Medvedev

RT | June 20, 2014

Moscow intends to present a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) claiming ‘politically motivated’ US sanctions that target local companies are hurting Russian external trade and violate WTO rules, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

“Unilateral politically motivated sanctions are illegal from the point of view of classic international legislation, they do not meet public order requirements as they ignore WTO’s statute mechanism of constraint,” the Prime Minister told an audience at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

In their latest round of sanctions, the US has tried to target Russia’s economy by forbidding business with certain organisations, as well as asset freezes on individuals believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Such sanctions violate WTO rules, including the most favored nation status, as they show discrimination to service providers and suppliers from another country and violate restrictions of the second article of the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services,” Medvedev said.

Europe, though hesitantly, has followed the US sanction march and produced its own Russian business blacklist.

Bilateral net trade between the two former Cold War enemies is relatively small – at $38 billion in 2013, but Russia is more worried about continuing good trade relations with Europe, which amounted to $330 billion last year.

Medvedev said the US sanctions will affect Russia’s external trade, adding he understood that challenging the sanctions at the WTO “will be difficult because the US has both doctrinal and practical authority in the organization.”

Russia, the world’s sixth largest economy, became the 156th member of the WTO in August 2012, the last of the G20 nations to join.

The 159 member WTO group account for 97 percent of global trade.

June 20, 2014 - Posted by | Economics | , , ,


  1. In order to understand this economic trade war that has continued from the 16th century , we must examine the political systems as they evolved in the former colonial powers and the treaties that they agreed to among themselves. There has always been the center and the periphery. The US has always been a periphery to Europe. After all, it is part of the “discovery of the New World”. The social order of control at that time was subjects are subservient to monarchy rule. Monarchy rule has been supplanted by oligarchic rule. The governments that have evolved in Europe are just symbolic of nationalism and a democratic process. However, there are no borders or nationality for the business elites.


    Comment by ribeekah | June 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. sanctions are the act of a coward


    Comment by 0jr | June 21, 2014 | Reply

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