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Moscow Mayor Wary Of WTO Entry


http://gdb.rferl.org/301E870E-6897-476E-BAFB-0E1ACB549893_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/301E870E-6897-476E-BAFB-0E1ACB549893_mw800_mh600.jpg Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 15, 2006 -- Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov today said that accession to the World Trade Organization could harm Russia's agricultural sector.


Luzhkov acknowledged that membership of the WTO benefit Russia's oil and gas industries but warned that it could create "complications" for other sectors.


Russia has been trying to join the world trade body since 1993.


(ITAR-TASS)

WTO Status Of RFE/RL Broadcast Countries

An exhibition of the history of the WTO in Singapore in 1996 (courtesy photo)

WTO Members:
Armenia: Joined on 5 February 2003.
Croatia: Joined on 30 November 2000.
Georgia: Joined on 14 June 2000.
Kyrgyzstan: Joined on 20 December 1998.
Macedonia: Joined on 4 April 2003.
Moldova: Joined on 26 July 2001.
Romania: Joined on 1 January 1995.

Countries That Are Not Yet WTO Members:
Afghanistan: Submitted its application in November 2004.
Azerbaijan: Submitted its application in June 1997.
Bosnia-Herezgovina: Submitted its application in May 1999.
Belarus: Submitted its application in September 1993.
Iran: Submitted its application in July 1996.
Iraq: Submitted its application in September 2004.
Kazakhstan: Submitted its application in January 1996.
Russia: Submitted its application in June 1993.
Serbia and Montenegro: Submitted separate applications in December 2004.
Tajikistan: Submitted its application in May 2001.
Ukraine: Submitted its application in November 1993.
Uzbekistan: Submitted its application in December 1994.

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