Russia And Ukraine: Yet Another Trade War

Russia and Ukraine are on the verge of an "automated trade war" even though Russia joined the World Trade Organization in August 2012 and Ukraine is the W.T.O. Article with all protocols and agreements, both promised to be adhered to.

These disagreements were followed by a long series of disputes after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the independence of Ukraine; The most recent was the so-called “Cheese War” when the Russian dairy industry successfully lobbied the Russian Duma to remove “non-standard” Ukrainian staples from Russian outlets.

The cheese war preceded the more serious and ongoing gas war. The gas dispute began in the 1990s and peaked in 2005-2006, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009. To know more about Russia and Ukraine, you can also visit

The latest row between the countries follows Russia's decision to introduce a "use tax", better known as a "recycling tax" or "scrap tax". At first glance, this new tax is a protectionist measure for Russia's growing auto industry and its major foreign OEM investors.

The dispute over Russia and its neighbors needs to be looked at comprehensively, because "obviously" is not the cause of militancy. Politics and economics in the former Soviet Union are inseparable, opaque, and do not follow exactly the same pattern as in the West.

In May 2009, President Putin visited Russian military graves in Ukraine. After laying a wreath on the grave of Anton Denikin, the famous white Russian general who fought against the Bolsheviks, he invited journalists to read Denikin's diary.

Ukraine is a member of W.T.O. since February 2008 and Russia for a few weeks. Interestingly, W.T.O. The law was completely ignored by former allies when "trivial" arguments were spread in the international press instead of going to the W.T.O. Both ships chose to fight "outside".