Obama, Medvedev press for Russia WTO entry in meeting

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Posted: May 26, 2011 7:38 AM
Obama, Medvedev press for Russia WTO entry in meeting

DEAUVILLE, France (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed on Thursday Russia's bid to enter the World Trade Organization, the two leaders said during a bilateral meeting in France.

Obama told reporters Russia's entry would be good for the economy and expressed confidence it could get done.

Medvedev said the process needed an impetus and called for negotiations to be stepped up.

The two leaders were meeting on the sidelines of a G8 summit.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Jeff Mason)