In a statement, the diplomats said that the extention by the Verkhovna Rada of export duties on metal scrap would break an agreement with the EU to remove these duties.

The parliament’s consideration of the corresponding legislation is scheduled for Thursday, June 8.

Read alsoUkraine's trade with EU boosted by 1st full year of Association deal - EU Delegation to Ukraine“While we acknowledge the difficult situation the Ukrainian steel industry is faced with, the extension of export duties on scrap metal is not a sustainable solution, and is not in line with Ukraine's international commitments,” the statement reads.

The EU Delegation in Ukraine expressed hope that members of the Verkhovna Rada will “respect the international commitments that Ukraine has publicly made and will avoid opening another bilateral trade dispute with the EU.”