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WASHINGTON, October 4 (Itar-Tass) — The United States proceeds from the fact that negotiations on Russia’s WTO entry are in their final stage and may be completed already this year, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk confirmed after meeting with Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov in Washington on Monday.
According to his press service, the talks focused on a range of issues, but with a focus on talks on Russia’s entry in the World Trade Organisation, which have entered a final phase.
Ron Kirk expressed confidence that the remaining issues, including satisfactory resolution of bilateral discussions between Russia and Georgia, would be settled in a constructive manner, enabling Russia to conclude the WTO negotiations by the end of the year, the document said.
"I was pleased to welcome Minister Shuvalov to Washington today,” the document quoted Kirk as saying. “We had a very productive conversation about Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization. Russia has made great progress on its accession bid. I look forward to continuing to work with Minister Shuvalov and others in Russia as the process moves towards its successful conclusion," he said.