04:07 GMT19 September 2020
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    The European Union, the United States, Canada and Turkey are supporting Kiev amid Russia's trade restrictions against Ukraine, Trade Commissioner of Ukraine Nataliya Mykolska said Wednesday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Russia suspended its Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) free trade deal with Ukraine effective January 1, 2016, the same day the EU-Ukraine free trade zone – part of a larger Ukraine-EU Association Agreement ratified last year – came into effect. The Russian government considers the EU-Ukraine free trade deal to be a source of certain risks for Moscow.

    "Ukraine made a statement at the WTO General Council regarding Russian restrictions. Our position was supported by Turkey, EU, US and Canada," Mykolska wrote on her Twitter page.

    As the CIS free trade deal was suspended, an embargo on the import of certain Ukrainian food products and customs duties on other Ukrainian goods were introduced.

    The Ukrainian authorities earlier said that the Russian measures did not correspond with the World Trade Organization's norms and announced its intention to raise the issue at the WTO General Council meeting on February 24.

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