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2006-07-15 07:43:18

By Douglas Busvine ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and the United States failed on Saturday to strike a bilateral deal allowing Russia to join the World Trade Organization but agreed to set a deadline to wrap up talks within three months. Negotiators who have been discussing Russia's 13-year-old WTO bid virtually non-stop since Wednesday were unable to achieve a final breakthrough on a key "deliverable" ahead of the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg. "There is more...

2006-06-22 11:39:57

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, under pressure to unblock jammed world trade talks, said on Thursday it was still trying to get other countries to match its plan for cracking open farm markets and remained "fully committed" to its objectives. Neena Moorjani, spokeswoman for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, said Washington was still waiting for other WTO member countries to meet its level of ambition in terms of extensive cuts in tariffs on...

2006-04-21 14:04:35

By Richard Waddington and Doug Palmer GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States blamed each other on Friday for a stalemate in global trade talks which put beyond reach an end of April deadline for a key deal on farm and industrial goods. Trading powers are struggling to bridge the gaps that stand in the way of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Doha round before it finally runs out of time. Months of cautious diplomacy gave way to what appeared a...

2006-03-29 09:08:43

By Tom Miles MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin vented his frustration on Wednesday at the slow progress of Russia's talks to join the World Trade Organization, saying new demands put by the United States had thrown the process back. "We have received a list of questions from our American colleagues requiring additional agreement which we considered settled long ago," Putin told a Kremlin meeting with Russian business leaders. Putin added that the U.S. move "artificially...

2006-03-29 06:12:24

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin vented his frustration on Wednesday at the slow progress of Russia's talks to join the World Trade Organization, saying new demands put by the United States had set the process back. "We have received a list of questions from our American colleagues requiring additional agreement which we considered settled long ago," Putin told a Kremlin meeting with Russian business leaders. Putin added that the U.S. move "artificially pushes back the...

2006-03-01 18:08:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker asked the Bush administration on Wednesday to explain what steps it is taking to ensure Saudi Arabia no longer participates in the Arab League boycott of Israel. Rep. Clay Shaw, a Florida Republican, raised the concern in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, who is now traveling in India. Shaw said he was troubled "by Saudi Arabia's reported decision to continue the primary Arab League boycott of the Israel" in violation of...

2006-03-01 14:14:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Ukraine have successfully concluded talks on market access issues related to Ukraine's bid to join the World Trade Organization, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Wednesday. "This agreement marks a milestone for both countries in our bilateral trade relations. It confirms Ukraine's commitment to broad-based reform and economic liberalization," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "As a result...we...

2005-12-18 03:53:21

please read in first paragraph "A draft deal put to WTO states" instead of "WTO member countries agreed in a draft declaration" A corrected version follows. HONG KONG (Reuters) - A draft deal put to World Trade Organization (WTO) states on Sunday calls for a progressive end to agricultural export subsidies by 2013 and goes some way toward meeting demands of its poorest states for favourable treatment. The draft declaration, obtained by Reuters, also proposed eliminating export...


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