Miami: Hopeful of ending 18-year-old talk, Russia expects to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this summer if US supports, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told a forum of emerging markets in Miami on Thursday.

"Provided support from our partners, first and foremost, the United States which numerously stressed priority of Russian accession to the WTO, we hope to become members of the organization already this summer," Ivanov said.

He underlined the US support was specifically significant for Russia.

At present our experts work in close interaction and do everything possible to complete the many-year marathon in the multilateral format as soon as possible," he said.

However he said Russian accession to the WTO also depends on the lifting of the discriminative Jackson-Vanik amendment by the United States.

The deputy prime minister said one of the major remaining barriers was "the Georgian issue" related to customs checkpoints.


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