Leading western countries are supporting Russia's soonest joining the WTO because there are trying to enter a new market where they would meet no competition from domestic industries, deputy head of the Duma committee for natural resources Konstantin Remchukov announced in a interview with Radio Rossii. In addition, if Russia joints the WTO, it will not help its products enter western markets because the majority of goods produced in Russia do not correspond to European standards of quality. In the opinion of the Duma official, this situation may result in the aggravation of anti-government sentiment and strengthening of the Opposition.
Putin's Annual Address to the Federal Assembly is scheduled for September 30. Kremlin sources say it will become even more historic and globally important than his 2014 speech