Bloomberg Law
April 26, 2019, 4:26 PM

U.S. Calls WTO National Security Ruling `Seriously Flawed’

The World Trade Organization’s ruling in a national security dispute between Ukraine and Russia was “seriously flawed,” the Trump administration said during a WTO dispute settlement meeting in Geneva April 26.

The WTO formally adopted its first ruling, on a national security dispute that both affirms the rights of nations to impose trade restrictions on national-security grounds and asserts the WTO’s authority to determine whether a security threat warrants such restrictive measures.

The Trump administration, which previously argued that the WTO doesn’t have the power to rule on such matters, called the ruling “unpersuasive” and “problematic for systemic reasons,” according ...

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