August 17, 2006

Russia says may hit US meat imports over WTO deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will scrap preferences for U.S.
poultry and red meat imports if Washington does not endorse
Moscow's accession bid for the World Trade Organization within
three months, the Economy ministry said on Thursday.

"If talks (on Russia's WTO entry)... set for the end of
October in Geneva fail, Russia will have to return to its
original stance prior to agreements on (bilateral) meat trade
that had been reached," a ministry statement quoted a letter by
Minister German Gref.