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'More realistic' for Russia to join WTO on own: Medvedev

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 18:45 IST

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President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that it would be simpler and more realistic for Russia to join the World Trade Organisation on its own rather than as part of a three-nation bid.

"Joining separately seems to me simpler and more realistic," said Medvedev at a press conference at the end of a G8 summit.

Russia began negotiations to join the WTO in 1993 but Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced last month that Moscow would alter its accession bid and seek membership as a single customs bloc with Kazakhstan and Belarus.