Russia should settle all controversial issues before May 30, 2003 in order to have a possibility to join the World Trade Organization in 2003-2004, Igor Yurgens, the Executive Secretary of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, voiced his opinion at a news conference today. If it does not happen, Russia will not be able to enter the WTO over the next 2-3 years, he thinks. Moreover, according to him, Russia will face some problems if this process is postponed at present, because new requirements concerning antidumping measures and export of labor force are likely to be introduced to Russia later.
Yesterday another round of negotiations on Russia's accession to the WTO started in Geneva. On February 28 an enlarged meeting of the task force on Russia's accession to the WTO will consider questions regarding special economic areas in Russia, protection of cultural heritage and some other issues.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War