Alexa

Russian official warns Georgia over "ultimatums" on WTO

Russian official warns Georgia over "ultimatums" on WTO

Russia's trade minister warned Georgia on Friday against making threats to block Moscow's bid to join the World Trade Organization, as relations with the tiny ex-Soviet nation rapidly deteriorated.
Earlier in the week, Georgian National Bank President Roman Gotsiridze had said that Georgia, which is already a member of the WTO, could demand that Russia be barred from the organization.
"My opinion is that attempts to conduct any dialogue through ultimatums and force are not the best way to resolve any problems, primarily economic issues," Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said in Azerbaijan. "If dialogue is built on ultimatums, I am not sure that it will benefit the Georgian side."
Russia had been expected to sign an accession agreement with the U.S. at the Group of Eight summit it hosted in St. Petersburg this year, but talks stumbled on the question of sanitary controls for U.S. meat imports. Russia is the largest economy outside the 149-nation WTO.


Updated : 2020-12-04 19:48 GMT+08:00