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U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Comments on Senate Finance Action to Advance Russia PNTR

July 18, 2012


Washington, DC – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk commented today following action in the Senate Finance Committee to advance legislation granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia, among other bills.

“Russia is expected to join the WTO in a few short weeks, and American exporters want to be first in line for business there. Granting permanent normal trade relations to Russia will ensure that American companies, workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, innovators, and service providers access the full benefits of Russia’s WTO membership, and that they can use those benefits to support jobs here at home. Access to the dispute settlement process at the WTO is just as important,” said Ambassador Kirk. “We applaud the Senate Finance Committee’s action today, and look forward to working with Congress to advance America’s interests with regard to Russia’s WTO accession as quickly as possible.”