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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.
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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.
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." http://www.rte.ie/business/2005/0701/unocal.html
There's too much emphasis on 'The World Trade Organisation' surely. It may need to be replaced.
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