WTO Members discuss potential outcome on cotton at MC12, World Cotton Day, Partners’

Members asked about the scope and application of each other’s services trade measures in light of members’ obligations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The aim of these discussions is to improve transparency and monitoring of services trade measures and to ease trade frictions. The members concerned said they are complying with WTO rules. Some indicated that they remain available to engage with the members raising the concern or that the objective of the measures in question is to meet national policy objectives or protect national security.

The Russian Federation expressed concern about the restrictive measures introduced by several members on Russian services sectors in response to the conflict in Ukraine. The members concerned said the measures would not have been introduced if Russia had not invaded Ukraine and that the measures were taken to protect essential security interests in line with WTO rules. They expressed their strong condemnation of the conflict.