Ukraine, EU Discuss Issue of Limited Goods Transit Through Russia

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Ukraine and the European Union discussed the restrictions on the transit routes for Ukrainian supplies through Russian territory and will work to ensure that such restrictions are removed, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodimir Groysman said Tuesday.

KIEV (Sputnik) — On July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to the decree on providing economic safety and Russian national interests, adding Kyrgyzstan to the active legislature, stipulating that Ukrainian goods may be transferred to Kazakhstan only through determined check points, routes and with special customs convoy. The decree was prolonged till the end of 2017.

"Yes, we discussed this issue [transit restrictions imposed by the Russia]. I brought that topic up with our European partners, in particular, with the European Commissioner for Trade… We will continue to work together, so that there are no more such cases in transit of goods," Groysman told the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

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Russia suspended its free trade deal with Ukraine on January 1, 2016, the same day the EU-Ukraine comprehensive free trade zone, part of the Association Agreement ratified in 2015, came into force.

The measures include an embargo on the import of certain Ukrainian food products and customs duties imposed on other Ukrainian goods.

On July 4, Ukrainian government said that Kiev plans to discuss the imposition of restrictions on the transit routes for Ukrainian supplies through Russian territory in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and with partners.

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