US wants meat cerificates before signing WTO protocol

RUSSIA - The U.S. has demanded that Russia issues a certificate for U.S. beef and pork supplies before the U.S. signs a protocol on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Russia's Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref told a news conference on Saturday during the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations, ITAR-TASS reported.
calendar icon 18 July 2006
clock icon 2 minute read

The U.S. has suggested that Russia should issue the certificate without checking the U.S.’ methods of freezing meat, Gref said.

However, under international law Russia is entitled to such an inspection and the Russian government would prefer to carry it out, which would take three months, Gref said.

Meanwhile, Gref said that Russia and the U.S. have managed to agree on intellectual property protection and access to Russia's financial market. These issues will no longer be raised at further talks on Russia's accession to the WTO between Russia and the U.S., Gref said.

Source: Prime - Tass

© 2000 - 2022 - Global Ag Media. All Rights Reserved | No part of this site may be reproduced without permission.