Ukraine may enter working groups that consider WTO accession for other countries

14:05, 10 April 2008
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Ukraine may put in claims to Russia?

Ukraine may enter working groups, which consider applications on WTO accession, submitted by the countries, which are Ukraine’s biggest trading partners.

UNIAN was told about this by deputy Economics Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Pyatnytskiy.

Speaking about these countries, the deputy Minister listed Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, and Afghanistan. “On the whole, there are nearly 30 countries. Besides, we may enter working groups as soon as we receive the full-fledged WTO membership”, V.Pyatnytskiy noted.

At the same time, he pointed out that a government’s decision is necessary for Ukraine to enter a WTO working group.

V.Pyatnytskiy stressed it is necessary to enter WTO working groups not only to put in these or those claims, or to raise questions to a country. “It is necessary to have an access to the negotiations process, to understand more clearly the trading regime of this or that country”, V.Pyatnytskiy said.

Speaking about Russia, he noted that Ukraine already has an opportunity to solve problems at the bilateral, and not international level. “We have a basis of agreements, and an opportunity to solve issues at the bilateral level. There is no need to put this issues for consideration at the international level”, he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 10, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has ratified the protocol of Ukraine’s accession to WTO.

Ukraine will become a full-fledged WTO member in 30 days after the WTO General Council receives the official notification from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry about the ratification of the WTO Accession Protocol by the Ukrainian parliament.

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