An informal meeting of an ad hoc group for Russia's joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will be held in Geneva early next week, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade told RIA Novosti Friday. The meeting scheduled for Monday, December 10, will discuss Russia's proposals for gaining access to commodities and services markets, as well as issues of government support for the agribiz sector and the latest changes in Russia's foreign-trade legislation. The group's official meeting is scheduled for the end of January, 2002 in Geneva. The group comprises about 50 countries, which are the most significant trade partners of Russia. China, which has recently joined the WTO, is getting engaged in group activities.
The Turkish army has completed preparations for operations in northern Syria and is awaiting orders to launch an invasion of four Syrian cities: Manbij, Tel Tamir, Ain Isa and Tel Rifat