I’ve written before that Russia–and Putin specifically–has said that it will not change its protectionist rules for goods like autos even if it gets into the WTO. Now Medvedev has chipped in with another sector that is off-limits: agriculture.
Medvedev also said Russia retains the rights to increase import duties on some products to help farmers.
“We are not talking about any restrictions on state support of agricultural producers after (Russia’s) accession to WTO, ” Medvedev told a meeting on crops and grain markets.
Apparently Russia is taking the view that the WTO is an a la carte menu: you order what you like, and just ignore the stuff you don’t. In this, alas, it is not alone, especially when it comes to agriculture.