The Russia joining the WTO on track ?

The Russian circles lobby in Swiss seem to be able to find a way to soften the resistance of Georgia. According AP, Georgia said Thursday it has accepted a Swiss proposal (providing guarantees of international supervision of all trade and cargo between Russia and the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia) that could open the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization. “We accepted the Swiss offer and hope that Russia will also approve it,” Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergo Kapanadze said in a telephone interview from Geneva. Russia’s top WTO negotiator, Maxim Medvedkov, said it would take a few days to analyze the Swiss offer. “We need several days to take a stance and we would be able to make a response next week,” he said in remarks carried by the ITAR-Tass news agency.
Recently Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reminded at a meeting with students of Moscow that is essential for Russia to join WTO. But the situation of the two republics (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) is still a sore point on the agenda of the Kremlin.


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