Maxim Medvedkov, Russia's chief WTO negotiator, confirmed that Moldova was linking Russia's entry to its lifting of the wine ban.
Before it can join, Russia must sign bilateral trade deals with all WTO members.
The biggest obstacle to Russia's joining the WTO are tough trade talks with the United States. Medvedkov said he believed a deal could be reached by the middle of the summer.
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