"As a result, the exports to these countries fell by 60-80% in January 2016 as compared to January 2015. At the same time, during this period, at the Russian-Ukrainian border Russian customs denied the clearance of the loads from Moldova, Turkey, Italy and Hungary"- said Nichoska.
She stressed that the data on the trade show that such transit conditions have reduced the volume of Ukrainian exports, worsening Ukrainian trade relations with other countries. These complications nullify the transit potential of Ukraine, having a negative impact on regional trade and transit. At the result, the rules of World Trade Organization on freedom of transit are being violated.
Nicholska also added, that Ukraine will express protest to Russia during the Council for Trade in Goods, at the meetings of the Committee on Agriculture and other WTO committees. Ukraine calls on Russia to remove immediately restrictive trade barriers and to restore normal transit conditions.
Mykolska said that Ukraine’s application against restrictions, imposed by Russia, is supported by the statements of Turkey, EU countries, USA and Canada.