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US pledges to tackle trade problems with Russia

Davos/Moscow, 26 January: US Commerce Secretary Donald Evans has promised
his personal support to Russia in tackling current bilateral trade
problems, Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry spokesman Alla
Borisenkova told Interfax following talks between Evans and Economic
Development and Trade Minister German Gref in Davos.

She said Evans had promised to accelerate the antidumping investigation
concerning the access of Russian mineral fertilizers to the American market.

Evans also said he was ready to assist Russia's efforts to join the World
Trade Organization [WTO], including in connection with the US demand that
Russian energy prices be brought to the level of world prices.

Evans said the problem of Russian exports of individual steel products to
the US will also be settled...

On Saturday [25 January], Gref held talks with Ukrainian Economics Minister
Valeriy Khoroshkovskyy, reaching agreement on all issues discussed,
including Russia's and Ukraine's admission to the WTO, Borisenkova said.

Gref and Khoroshkovskyy agreed to establish a working group that will deal
with trade and economic problems...
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