The Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade announced on Friday that an informal meeting of the working group on Russia's admittance to the World Trade Organisation would be held on December 10th in Geneva. The session will consider issues connected with Russia's adoption of foreign trade legislation in accordance with WTO rules. Moreover, Russian proposals on access to goods and service markets will also be discussed, as will the agricultural sector. A revised version of the "Report on the Trade-Political System in the Russian Federation" will also be on the agenda. The next official meeting of the working group is scheduled for the end of January 2002. About 50 countries, which are Russia's major trading partners and WTO member-nations, make up the working group. China, which recently became a WTO member, will soon join the body's work.
Western countries actively support Ukraine in words, but they are able to provide less and less real help. This opinion was expressed by the former head of the military intelligence of the Czech Republic, Major General Andor Sandor, in an interview with the Parliamentní listy.