Russia’s State Duma has ratified the agreement for Russia to join the World Trade Organization despite opposition inside the country. On Monday Russia's Constitutional Court ruled the WTO deal was in line with the country’s law.
Over a third of Russians believe that the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) is against its interests, while the number of supporters of the step has reached its lowest point in a decade.
Leftist parties and movements have held rallies in Moscow and other Russian cities in a bid to resist the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization as the Constitutional Court started to consider the legality of joining.
WTO membership will seriously hit a number of uncompetitive industries in Russia, such as agriculture and automobiles, as well as light industry and machine manufacturing. But EU trade commissioner, Karel de Gucht, has told RT it was a fair deal.