At a meeting with his Swedish counterpart, Goran Persson, in Stockholm today, visiting Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov expressed concern over discriminatory measures taken by the European Union against a number of Russian producers. Kasyanov called on Sweden, as the country currently holding the rotating EU presidency, to give a "political impulse to the structures whose actions [toward Russian producers] conflict with statements by political leaders of their countries." According to Kasyanov, such discriminatory measures concern primarily the export of Russian metals, certain types of pelt, and nuclear fuel. Earlier, during his visit to Germany, Kasynov said Russia would join the World Trade Organization only if discriminatory measures and anti-dumping procedures against Russian producers were eliminated.
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