Paul Lachine

Návrat „siloviků“

STOCKHOLM – Ruský premiér Vladimir Putin nedávno oznámil, že Rusko, Bělorusko a Kazachstán ukončily separátní rozhovory o vstupu do Světové obchodní organizace (WTO). Místo toho se prý budou snažit vstoupit do tohoto orgánu světového obchodu jako jediná celní unie. V podstatě to znamená, že Rusko odkládá svůj vstup do WTO – což je v ruské strategii významný obrat.

Putinovo prohlášení přišlo jako blesk z čistého nebe. O dva dny dříve dokončili zástupce Spojených států pro obchod Ron Kirk a komisařka Evropské unie pro obchod Catherine Ashtonová úspěšně rozhovory o přijetí Ruska do WTO s Putinovým prvním náměstkem Igorem Šuvalovem, ministrem financí Alexejem Kudrinem a ministryní hospodářství a rozvoje Elvirou Nabiullinovou. A ještě 3. června deklaroval Putin, že si je jist „rychlým vstupem Ruska do WTO“.

Putinovo prohlášení zřejmě v nemenší míře překvapilo také vedoucí představitele Běloruska a Kazachstánu, zvláště když Rusko krátce předtím zakázalo v rámci protekcionistického opatření téměř všechen dovoz mléčných výrobků z Běloruska. Po 16 letech jednání se zdálo, že má Rusko nakročeno ke vstupu do WTO během pár měsíců.

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