USA also claims WTO breach by Russia.

By bne IntelliNews December 10, 2012
A number of US officials announced that a fresh ban on imports of American beef and pork to Russia is expected to be lifted and is considered as breach of World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations, gazeta.ru reports. The announcement follows Russian veterinary and sanitary services ordering to prove the absence of certain chemical in Canadian and USA-produced beef and pork. At the same time Russian authorities had to deny that the ban is retaliation for Congress passing the so-called "Magnitsky List" of persona non grata that allegedly are associated with the death of lawyer Sergei Magnistky who leaked evidence on state corruption scandal to foreign prosecutors. To remind, last week Russia-EU consultations on WTO agreements' compliance begun in Geneva. The sides set to discuss claims against each other on lack of compliance on some WTO agreements. EC is concerned on excise duty on assembling vehicles in Russia, bans on importing livestock, imports tariffs on some goods. Russia, in turn, is concerned with measures concerned with third energy package, anti-damping measures and limitations on transits of energy goods. Previously EC already threatened that it might appeal to WTO should Russia fail to comply with the requirements of the organisation.

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