Russia Signs Key Trade Deal With U.S.
Russia and the United States signed a key trade agreement Sunday, removing the last major obstacle in Moscow’s 13-year journey to join the World Trade Organization. The deal, inked on the sidelines of a gathering of Pacific Rim economies, is a powerful vote of confidence in Russia — the largest economy still outside the 149-member WTO — and signals its integration into the global trading system. It also marks a bright spot in the two countries’ relations that have been marred by disagreements over Iran’s controversial nuclear program and Washington’s fears of a roll back of democratic freedoms under Russian President Vladimir Putin. Full Story