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Russia, which must cut import duties on cars after joining the World Trade Organisation, this month introduced a so-called utilisation fee which analysts say aims to compensate domestic producers for the lower customs duty and protect them.

However, Ukrainian producers say the move will effectively raise import duties and add $600 to $20,000 to the price of Ukrainian vehicles sold in Russia.

“If we, too, introduce a certain utilisation fee, then the Russian cars coming to our market will become $1,000 more expensive and Ukrainians will not buy them,” Interfax news agency quoted Prime Minister Mykola Azarov as saying on Monday.

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