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Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia's WTO accession could make talks with EU on new treaty more successful

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Nov. 18, 2009, 11:05 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Moscow, November 18 (Interfax) - Talks on a new partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) with the European Union would be more successful after Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Hand on my heart, I can say that maybe if we started talks on the PCA after our accession to the WTO and after the Lisbon Treaty becomes effective, the success would be more impressive," Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Common European Cooperation Vladimir Voronkov said in an interview with the Kommersant daily.

"As for the deadlines for signing the document we are working on, I would not emphasize them. Setting some timetable can only damage the quality of the agreement," he said.
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