Russia's Putin signs law on WTO accession

MOSCOW Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:03am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) into law, completing an 18-year campaign to join the trade rules club, the Kremlin press office said on Saturday.

Russia's upper house of parliament ratified the country's WTO entry earlier this month. The $1.9 trillion Russian economy, the world's ninth largest, will become the WTO's 156th member 30 days after ratification.

(Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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