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Ukraine crisis: Kiev won't fire first in any trade war with Russia, says envoy

Published on Mar 20, 2014 8:45 PM
 
People hold Ukrainian flags as they gather in front of the parliament in Kiev on March 17, 2014. Ukraine will not initiate a trade war with Russia and hopes to use the World Trade Organisation to resolve any such disputes initiated by Russia, Ukraine's Ambassador in Geneva told a news conference on Thursday, March 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (REUTERS) - Ukraine will not initiate a trade war with Russia and hopes to use the World Trade Organisation to resolve any such disputes initiated by Russia, Ukraine's Ambassador in Geneva told a news conference on Thursday.

"We are very much interested in having normal trade relations with Russia," Mr Yurii Klymenko said, adding that he expected Russia to restrict trade in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.