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​US ‘sabotages’ visit by Russian experts for talks on WTO

Published time: March 03, 2014 09:36
The Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

The Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

The US barred a group of Russian agriculture officials from entering the country for a planned negotiation over Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

The talks were to be held between Tuesday and Thursday in Washington. Russian experts from Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) were to help Russia’s partner in the Customs Union to harmonize Kazakh local regulations with those used by WTO members.

“Less than a day before the scheduled flight the US Embassy informed via email and phone the deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikolay Vlasov, who was to head the Russian negotiation team, that the visit of the Russian experts is unacceptable for the US,” the agriculture regulator said in a statement.

The statement branded the US move “sabotage.”

The Kazakh team had no problems going to the US, the statement said.

The visa denial comes after the US threatened Russia with economic isolation over its stance on Ukraine. Russia approved a possible deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine, if it were needed for protection of ethnic Russians living there from violence.

The self-proclaimed government in Kiev called it “a declaration of war” and announced military mobilization.

Comments (15)


Pat Richards 05.03.2014 09:11

Mr. X 03.03.2014 11:40

China could get Russian support on border disputes with Japan. Chin a is also being bullied by the US!


Exac tly my friend. These 2 countries along with all the other smaller countries who are being bullied by the US need to stand together and all important matters and realize what is going on and what is being planned against them. Join your forces and stand up while you can. Russia needs to defend its interest all over the world through political means and not have feeling of a lesser value towards west. Afterall traitors Gorbatchov and Yeltsin were western pawns.


seb o 04.03.2014 14:38

The People need to stand up, all over the world. We must start a global Evolution Revolution. I am sure that the world could start thriving if the people that actually labor would be in charge. A revolution based on mutual respect and celebrating differences instead of fighting over them. A revolution that promotes globalization on a spiritual level instead of economic. Although the powers that be seem to have convinced us a monetary economy is needed for humans to thrive, it is in fact the opposite. Money creates and promotes corruption and any system that can be influenced by speculation is a recipe for disaster.


EmptynessIsTheGoal 03.03.2014 16:13

"invading illegally" pot calling the kettle black. *cough* IRAQ *cough*

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