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Russia Fails to Win WTO Backing in Fight to Contest Western Sanctions

Posted June 01, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexei Lossan – RBTH)

Russia has been unable to obtain the support of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in contesting the sanctions that the EU and the U.S. imposed against Russia in 2014 in response to its takeover of Crimea and alleged participation in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The announcement was made by Russia’s representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov in St. Petersburg on May 28 during the Petersburg International Legal Forum.

Russia had vowed to appeal to the WTO against the imposition of the sanctions in the fall of 2014, with Russian President Vladimir Putin alleging that the economic measures violated the principles of the WTO.

According to Chizhov, the sanctions will now be contested in European courts with the help of international lawyers: “Such measures are not only illegal, but are a violation of a country’s national sovereignty, as well as a blow to the UN’s authority,” he said. Click here to read more.