Russia rejects the EU 1.4 billion Euro claim

Russia rejects the EU 1.4 billion Euro claim

The EU said in December it was seeking authorization to impose the annual trade sanctions, alleging Russia had failed to comply with a WTO ruling on pigs and pork. The Russian Economy Ministry said on Monday those accusations were unfounded.

The ministry said in an emailed statement that “representatives of the Russian Federation voiced their categorical disagreement with the EU position” at a meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body on Jan. 3.

Russia lost its appeal against the WTO ruling on its ban on imports of EU pigs and pork products in February. It had agreed to comply by Dec. 6.

Moscow imposed a ban on most Western food imports in August 2014 in retaliation against Western sanctions over its actions in Ukraine. It imposed the pig and pork ban after a few cases of African swine fever in some parts of the EU that year. 

In December 2017, Russia complied with the WTO decision by lifting the pork ban imposed in compliance with the Rosselkhoznadzor decision. However, EU pork imports still remain banned in Russia as part of retaliatory measures imposed by Moscow against the EU in response to Europe's anti-Russian sanctions.

Brussels, meanwhile, continues to claim that Moscow has not fulfilled the WTO requirements. Russia denounced the new EU complaints over the issue as “unfounded.”