Russia wants to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its own but will synchronize its entry with Kazakhstan and Belarus, its partners in a customs union, a Russian official said on Nov. 18. His comments after trade talks with the European Union removed some of the confusion caused by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in June when he said Russia would join only as part of the customs union – an unprecedented move for the WTO. "We want the WTO talks to go quickly and be concluded soon," Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassador to the EU, told reporters at a Russia-EU summit in Stockholm attended by President Dmitry Medvedev. (Reuters)

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