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The World Trade Organization has officially accepted Russia as a member, after 18 years of negotiations.
A meeting of ministers from the trade body's existing 153 member countries gave final approval Friday to membership for Russia, which in return has agreed to measures including a cap on tariffs, limits on subsidies and allowing foreign banks to operate more freely in Russia.
The WTO membership will become effective after Russia's parliament ratifies the agreement. That is expected early next year.
Russia is the last of the world's major economies to join the WTO