Having entered the WTO,
Ukrainewill not hinder Russia's accession to the organization, Alexander Babakov, Deputy Speaker of the Russian State Duma responsible for parliamentary relations between the lower chamber of the country's parliament with , told journalists today. He reiterated that Ukraine Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko named the creation of trade space between the two countries in line with WTO's policies and regulations as 's priority. Babakov also expressed hope that Ukraine was getting a new ally that would support the country in its attempt to join the WTO. Russia
The official also pointed out that cheap Ukrainian products could appear on the Russian market, if they could not compete with products of other WTO member states. However, Babkov noted that this had already happened in the past and that negotiations on the mater would be purely economic rather than political.
Georgiasaid Friday that it would block negotiations on Russian entry to the World Trade Organization until reverses a decision last month to step up ties with two breakaway Georgian provinces. Moscow
"Until this document that undermines
Georgia's right is revoked, it will be an obstacle for Russia's WTO entry," Georgian Reintegration Minister Temur Iakobashvili told a news conference in . "I know it is a very tough statement to make, but it is a fact," Iakobashvili added. Moscow
Russia, the largest economy still outside the global trade body, is due to hold a next round of talks with the WTO accession working group on May 26, and Georgia said it would seek a bilateral meeting with Russia on the same day. Under WTO rules, candidate countries have to reach agreement with a working party, in which any existing member can take part, as well as agree on a bilateral deal with any member that seeks it.
Moscow's support for separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia is the most difficult problem in relations between Russiaand , which is seeking to join NATO and the European Union. Georgia Tbilisihas condemned as a breach of international law 's decision to establish legal links with the provinces, controlled since the early 1990s by separatist governments. Moscow
"The Georgian side will not change its opinion. We cannot talk about trade regimes when there are sanctions against
in place, when an attempt to annex Georgian territory is going on," Iakobashvili said. Georgia