Georgia is Obstacle for Russia’s WTO Membership, says Russian Finance Minister

The Russian Authorities are facing certain problems with joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) and we will deal with these problems stage by stage, Russian Finance Minister and vice Premier Alexey Kudrin told a Russian Today reporter.

“Talking about preparing all necessary papers within the coming four months I did not mean such an obstacle as Georgia”, Kudrin said and added it is necessary to adjust all terms of the customs union with agreements over WTO.

“This is the most important issue, however, this is a rather technical job”, Kudrin noted.

Every time this or that issue has hampered the Russia’s WTO membership.

“I believe these problems are of political character. The last problem comes from Georgia, which froze our relations and we failed to agree even technical issues with the USA. Thanks to Obama-Medvedev negotiations, we have achieved progress in negotiations”, Kudrin said.

If we keep on following this political will, everything is achievable. “The Bush’s administration lacked for this. Currently, all the job is performed in Geneva. We have to perform a less job”, Kudrin noted.

As reported, last week Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri pointed out in Washington Georgia will not veto Russia’s WTO membership if Georgian customs officials are let control Georgia-Russian customs checkpoints in Abkhazia and the so-called South Ossetia.

Russia’s WTO membership negotiations are scheduled for October 25 and December 5 in Geneva.