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Disagreements over meat trade blocking progress on Russia's WTO accession talks.

Discussions between Russian and U.S. trade officials regarding Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization reportedly are progressing on the issue of trade in automobiles, but remain firmly stuck when it comes to meat trade.

"We have achieved serious progress," thus nearing a common understanding with the U.S. on how the Russian vehicle assembly regulations will be adjusted to the WTO norms, Russia's Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina announced. However, "substantial disagreements" remain on meat import regulations, she was quoted as saying in an announcement by the ministry's press service.

Russia's meat import restrictions have long been subject to U.S. criticism. In 2009, the Russian government set the country's total poultry import quota at 600,000 tonnes in 2011, including the U.S. quota of 446,400 tonnes. But in December 2010, the Cabinet cut the total poultry quota down to 350,000 tonnes for 2011.

Russia began the process of joining the WTO when the organization established a "Working Party on the accession of the Russian Federation" on June 16, 1993.
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Publication:The Food & Fiber Letter
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Jul 25, 2011
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