The FINANCIAL — According to RIA Novosti, the next round of talks on Russia's entry to the World Trade Organization will be held on November 24-25, Moscow's top WTO negotiator said on November 10.
"The working group will discuss a WTO entry report on November 24," Maxim Medvedkov said.
Russia started WTO accession talks in 1995. The latest round of talks with the 153-member global trade organization collapsed in late July, but Medvedkov said then that the parties could still return to the negotiating table later this year.
Medvedkov also said the absence of diplomatic relations with Georgia would not pose an obstacle for Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization.
"There are a lot of countries in the world that do not maintain diplomatic relations. For example, this concerns the United States and Cuba, Armenia and Turkey, and many other countries. Therefore, the absence of bilateral relations, in principle, does not affect membership," Medvedkov said.
Georgia, which became a WTO member in 2000, broke off diplomatic relations with Russia after Moscow recognized the independence of its breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on August 26, two weeks after the end of a five-day war.
Russia is the only major world economy still outside the WTO. The agreement of all 153 WTO members is necessary for a state to join the global trade body.