(RIA Novosti) - Russia and Salvador have signed a protocol on the completion of bilateral negotiations on Moscow's entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Economic Development and Industry Ministry said.
Last November, Russia secured a much-sought bilateral agreement with the United States, removing the last major obstacle to its goal of joining the world's largest trade body.
Georgia and Russia resumed WTO admission talks in late January, reports Trend.
Russia signed a WTO deal with Moldova, another Western-leaning ex-Soviet nation that is already a member of the global trade body, late last year after lifting a ban on Moldovan wine and meat exports.
Russia will also have to sign protocols on the completion of bilateral talks on its WTO accession with Guatemala and Costa Rica.
The Economic Development and Industry Ministry expects to complete multilateral talks on the country's admission to the WTO by the middle of 2007.