The Russian Federation has
unilaterally blocked the traffic
of the Ukrainian cargo on the territory of Russia,
thereby violating the rules and
procedures of the World Trade Organization and the bilateral
intergovernmental agreement on international road transport.
Until relevant explanations from the Russian side are
obtained and the aforesaid issue settled,
Ukraine temporarily introduces retaliatory measures pretermitting
travel of freight motor vehicles registered in Russia through the
territory of Ukraine.
On the outcomes of a Government’s
meeting on Monday morning, February 15, the Ministry of Infrastructure
of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Ukraine will take appropriate action.
According to Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk, due to the fact that the Russian
Federation had unilaterally violated
the rules and regulations of the WTO and unilaterally
stopped the traffic of Ukrainian cargo vehicles via
the territory of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Ukraine addressed a note to the Russian Federation with a
request to provide explanation of such unlawful
explanation is obtained and the dispute is settled, Ukraine
temporarily terminates the validity
of transit permits issued for cargo vehicles registered
in the Russian Federation, which entails a temporary suspension of the transit
of goods by freight motor vehicles from
the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"We demand Russia to stick to
the WTO requirements and restore transit
traffic for Ukrainian motor vehicles", stressed
the Head of Government.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also added
that the Ukrainian party had initiated consultations with
the European Union member states and appeals to
the EU to facilitate settlement of this problem.