Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Russian Government about Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

We have not had any recent discussions with Russia concerning World Trade Organisation accession, on which negotiations between the EU and Russia were concluded in May 2004.

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Posted on 1 Jul 2005 7:11 pm (Report this annotation)

Everyone's at it. Russia's decision to restrict free trade in energy is mirrored today by the United States.

The US House of Representatives has voted for a measure opposing CNOOC's bid for the US oil exploration group Unocal. . . Congress voted 398 to 15 for a non-binding resolution that called for the US government to block the $18.5 billion bid by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). . . The resolution said oil and gas are "strategic assets" and that a Chinese state-run firm's takeover "would threaten to impair the national security of the United States."

There's too much emphasis on 'The World Trade Organisation' surely. It may need to be replaced.