Russia’s accession to WTO: pros and cons

Deputy Director for Trade Talks at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development Vladimir Tkachenko

1972 – born in Moscow
1994 – graduates Moscow State University
1994 – graduates Russian Economic School
1997 – graduates Duke University, U.S.
1997 – head of economic expert group, Russian Finance Ministry
2000 – expert at Strategic Research Centre
2000 – advisor to Minister of Economic Development and Trade
2001 – Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade
2004 – head of Presidential experts directorate
2008 – advisor to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev

Today we will talk about world trade. Russia and the European Union agreed at their recent summit in Nice to formulate a "road map" to solve problems hampering Russia’s access to the World Trade Organization. Will it help? And what does WTO membership mean for Russia? Is it a two way street? What can Moscow give to the world in terms of trade, and what does Russia want from the WTO? The guest to tell us more is Deputy Director for Trade Talks at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development Vladimir Tkachenko.