Obama: 'Russia belongs in the WTO'
US President Barack Obama Thursday told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he would accelerate a dialogue on Moscow's entry into the World Trade Organization, saying "Russia belongs in the WTO."
Obama thanked his White House guest for helping to solve a row over US chicken exports to Russia and said he would instruct his negotiators to speed up the pace of WTO accession talks.
Russia has over the years expressed skepticism that the United States would lift the Jackson-Vanik amendment, a law imposing trade restrictions on Russia that dates back to the Cold War.
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