Russia may join WTO without Georgia consent

Russia may join the World Trade Organization without getting any approval from Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

“I do not want to go into details on how it could be done without Georgia’s consent,” Lavrov said during his current visit to Abkhazia. “All I can say is these opportunities are stipulated under the WTO statute.”

Georgian-Russian WTO talks resumed on March 10 in Switzerland after being suspended for almost three years following Russia’s decision to lift economic sanctions against Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in April 2008.

The second round of talks is expected to start by the end of April.

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