Russia is not blocking the negotiations of Britain with the WTO for Brexit, the foreign Ministry said

© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity in fotoballoon. Archival photoRussia is not blocking the negotiations of Britain with the WTO for Brexit, the foreign Ministry said© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity the image Bank

Russia does not preclude the harmonization of conditions of participation of the UK in the world trade organization (WTO), which will operate after Brexit, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

«Coordination with all interested WTO members options of joining the candidate to the organization or revision of the obligations of existing member – it is a practice which indeed is expressly provided and spelled out in the rules of the organization. This is a lengthy procedure, in this procedure, are determined by, among other things, the conditions of access to the market. It is quite natural that our country began bilateral consultations with the UK about the features and access settings of domestic operators on the British market after Brexit», Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow.

«I would like to note that similar work with London are already or intend to start a other WTO members, including the largest economy of the organization. Thus, the reports that Russia is obstructing supposedly prevents the negotiation of future terms of participation of London in the WTO that is fundamentally untrue,» — said Zakharov.

According to her, the Russian side is ready to consider provided by the UK tariff obligations, if he would comply with the WTO rules and take into account the commercial interests of the Russian Federation.

«Russia only brings to British partners their position in terms of future multilateral and bilateral trade obligations to the WTO», — said Zakharov.

The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Negotiations about conditions of withdrawal of Britain from the EU are ongoing since last summer and have not yet led to significant progress. Recently in the British media there was speculation that the talks may be the absence of any agreement. The head of the European Council Donald Tusk after the Brexit discussion at the informal summit of EU leaders also did not rule out the possibility of the absence of the transaction on the terms of the divorce, the EU and Britain.

A British exit from the EU will have consequences beyond the bilateral relations between the EU and London, in particular, in respect of the obligations under the WTO. Existing volumes of tariff quotas for agricultural, fishery and industrial products was established based on the fact that the UK is a member state of the EU and part of EU market. Adjustment related to WTO the European tariff quotas would entail the division of the available volume between the UK and the EU.