Russia lost a dispute with the WTO over the European pigs

The world trade organization (WTO) rejected an appeal against the decision on recognition discrimination for the refusal of Russia from European pork. About it reports Reuters.

“Today’s verdict confirms that the measures taken by Russia against the EU, have little in common with any real sanitary risk. European products from uninfected areas safe,” — commented the decision of the WTO appellate body in the European Commission.

In Brussels, urged Moscow to abandon the “unnecessary action” and noted that the supply of most products to Russia are still impossible due to the current in 2014 in relation to the EU and other countries food embargo.

Russia banned the import of pigs, pork and certain pig products from the EU in early 2014 due to cases of African swine fever. In April of the same year, Brussels has initiated a legal battle with Moscow to the WTO. In August 2016, the panel of arbitrators of the organization supported by the European Union in this dispute, while recognizing the restrictions to be discriminatory. In response, Russian authorities said that the WTO ruling is political, and filed an appeal.

In 2013, the volume of pork exports from the EU to Russia reached € 1.4 billion.