Staunton, June 28 – At a time when promoting fair trade has become a mantra in some countries, it is worth noting that, according to a new study by the European Commission on Trade and Investment Barriers, Russia leads the world in the imposition of trade restrictions against EU member states.
According to the report which is summarized in today’s Kommersant, Russia has imposed 36 different kinds of restrictions on European goods, far ore than the next most restrictive – China – which has imposed 25. Other countries have far fewer (trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2018/june/tradoc_156978.pdf and kommersant.ru/doc/3670389).
Much attention has been given to sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, but far less has been given to the way in which Moscow has imposed various kinds of restrictions against others who have not committed any acts of aggression.
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