Russia is counting on the support of the U.S. over the issue of its entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), President Dmitry Medvedev told a leading U.S. think tank.
Russia has been seeking WTO membership since 1993, and is the only major economy outside of the global trade body.
"We want to enter the WTO, but this needs to be done quickly," he told Washington's Brookings Institution after the end of a two-day nuclear security summit.
He also noted that U.S. President Barack Obama had promised last year to help advance the issue.
"But, unfortunately, there have been no results so far... we are really counting on support to force Russia's WTO accession," he said.
In June 2009, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan notified the WTO of their intention to join the world trade club as a customs union.
Four months later, the three former Soviet republics announced they would resume talks on WTO accession separately, but working from synchronized positions.
"It is entirely possible to harmonize the process," Medvedev commented "Everyone will win from this."
WASHINGTON, April 14 (RIA Novosti)