Russia in Customs Union and WTO: New in Trade Policy

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2011-12-22-30

V. Obolenskii, Institute of Economics RAS, 32, Nakhimovskii Prosp., Moscow, 117218, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The creation of Custom Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as Russia's upcoming accession to the WTO, poses a number of questions that the author attempts to answer in this article. These include: what restrictions on the national trade policy are imposed by the membership in these organizations; what are the effects of Russia's participation in the WTO on the foreign trade management; what regulatory instruments and supportive measures Russia can use without violating its new international obligations?

Keywords: Custom Union, common economic space, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, WTO accession, trade policy instruments, import substitution, exports’ support

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For citation:
Obolenskiy V. Russia in Customs Union and WTO: New in Trade Policy. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2011, No 12, pp. 22-30.

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