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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WTO Entry 'Difficult'

SAN JOSE, California -- Russia's goal of entering the World Trade Organization by the end of 1998 could prove "difficult" although not impossible, the head of the global trade group said.

Renato Ruggiero, director of the WTO, said Russian officials were working hard to present an acceptable proposal for membership but they still had a long way to go.

"Entry by the end of '98, it seems to me a little difficult," Ruggiero said. "It will depend very much on the Russians and their ability to present [their plan] at the negotiations."