S. Sutyrin, St. Petersburg State University, 7-9, Universitetskaya nab., St. Petersburg, 199034, Russian Federation (email@example.com).
Abstract. 18 years summer period of negotiations on the Russian Federation joining the World Trade Organization doesn't look like something extraordinary. It is clear that there exist not any rigid, objective criteria for a candidate to match. Actually, an applicant may rather quickly become a WTO member merely having agreed to implement all required changes relating to foreign trade regime and corresponding regulatory environment within a reasonable time. In case of Russia the purpose of negotiations was to assure accession conditions acceptable for the country. The results are to be estimated in the nearest future.
Keywords: international trade system, GATT/WTO, Russia, Customs Union, accession negotiations
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