On July 3, Russia introduced additional restrictions on the transit of Ukrainian goods through the territory of the Russian Federation, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.
In particular, the current restrictions earlier imposed on Ukrainian goods heading to Kazakhstan now apply to transits to the Kyrgyz Republic. The legislative changes also provide for a complete ban of transit of embargoed goods.
“These changes may temporarily cause a complete halt to the transit of goods from Ukraine via the Russian territory not only to the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, but also to the third countries,” the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine said.
The ministry emphasized that the introduction of Russian restrictions on the transit of Ukrainian goods was economically and legally unfounded and was expected to lead to an artificial deterioration of Ukraine’s terms of trade with the third countries, particularly in Central Asia.
“These restrictions by the Russian Federation are opaque, unjustified and discriminatory, and therefore they violate the obligations, in particular, taken within the framework of the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area Treaty,” the ministry said.
It should be recalled that after Russia fully halted the transit of goods from Ukraine through its territory from January 4, 2016, Ukraine developed a new route of the “Silk Road”. The first experimental container train departed from Ilyichivsk sea port to China on January 15, 2016. The route goes from Ukraine through Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to China.