: G-20 members call on Russia to lift trade restrictions against Ukraine

18:49 Apr. 15, 2016

G-20 members call on Russia to lift trade restrictions against Ukraine

The flags of the Russian Federation, left, and Ukraine, fly side by side from flagpoles in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 29, 2014 (Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Kremlin prohibits import of food and transit of Ukrainian commodities

U.S., E.U., and 6 other members of G-20 (forum of countries with major economies) call on Russia to lift trade and cargo transit restrictions against Kyiv. This is according to Ukraine's trade representative Natalia Mykolska.

"We discussed the situation at the World Trade Organisation session. Our position is united. Russia must immediately cancel any trade prohibitions!", Mykolska posted on Twitter.

According to Mykolska, by imposing restrictions against Ukraine, Moscow violates the WTO agreement. Kyiv's demand to lift the trade ban was supported by U.S., E.U., Canada, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland and South Korea.

Read also Ukraine trade representative estimates losses due to declining export to Russia

Kremlin cancelled the free trade agreement with its neighbour on January 1. Since that day Ukraine is prohibited to export food to Russia and transport its commodities through the country. Kyiv imposed similar restrictions against Moscow in return.

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