Russia to request expert panel meeting in pork dispute with EC by end of January

The EU earlier requested the right to suspend concessions to Russia amounting to 1.39 bln euro per year

 

TASS Russian News Agency

January 09, 2018

 

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia will request holding an expert panel meeting in its dispute with the European Union on pork supplies by end of January, department director of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim Medvedkov said on Tuesday on the air with Rossiya 24 TV Channel.

 

"We will request establishing an [expert - TASS] panel that should determine the correctness of our action by end of January. In case this will be done [Russia’s position will be confirmed - TASS], the European community will lose the right to introduce reciprocal measures from our point of view, and this story will come to nothing," Medvedkov said.

 

The Ministry of Economic Development stated earlier its intention to convene such a panel. If the panel decides that Russia fulfilled the WTO decision, the dispute with the EU will end. If drawbacks in Russia’s action are found, the country can close them out or sit down to talk again, Medvedkov noted.

 

The EU earlier requested the right to suspend concessions to Russia amounting to 1.39 bln euro per year. In the opinion of the EU, this is the price of import of live pigs and other porcine products from the EU to Russia as of 2013.

 

Russia imposed a ban on imports of live pigs and pig-breeding products in early 2014 over...

 

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