WTO backs EU in Russia pork dispute

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GENEVA: Russia’s import ban on pork products from the European Union is not legitimate, a World Trade Organization panel said Friday, in a key victory for the bloc. The WTO ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia in early 2014, which Moscow said were necessary to protect its consumers following a small flare up of African Swine Fever in some EU states. Experts at the Geneva-based WTO said it did not meet the requirements needed to justify such a sweeping ban. “The ruling sends a strong signal to Russia, and all WTO members, as regards their obligation to respect international standards,” the EU said in a statement. “Today’s ruling confirms that the measures taken by Russia against the EU have little to do with any real sanitary or health risks,” it added.

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