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WTO Compliance Urged

Russia has to meet all its World Trade Organization obligations, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said Thursday at the Gaidar Forum in Moscow, Interfax reported.

The comments come after a statement by Russia's top trade negotiator, Maxim Medvedkov, in which he said Russia would not have to assume some WTO obligations because it is a recently acceded member.

Lamy said Russia has been a member of the trade body for five months already, so the question is a thing of the past.

The country can no longer choose whether or not to meet its obligations. It has to do so, Lamy said.

However, he said, a different question could arise as to whether other WTO members believe that Russia is not fully meeting its obligations.

(MT)

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