Russia may appeal to the court of the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the United States decides to impose new duties on imports of steel and aluminum from Russia, TASS reports with reference to the Press service of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The US Department of Commerce introduced the import restrictions following investigations, the results of which were presented to US President Donald Trump on February 17. "The results of the investigations can be further challenged by the Russians in the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO," the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade stated.
The US Department of Commerce has offered to support domestic producers by imposing duties on imports of aluminum and steel from 14 countries, including Russia. The proposed duty on steel is 53% for 12 countries, or a duty of 24% for all 14 countries. The Department of Commerce also proposed introducing quotas for metal supplies as another way to support domestic production.