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Russia: Objectives for the Summit
(1997 Denver Summit)

Table of Contents

1. Achieving Permanence of the Denver formula for Russian Participation
2. Advanced Participation in the Economic Segment of the Summit
3. Paris Club Membership
4. OECD Membership and Fast-track Membership to the WTO


1. Achieving Permanence of the Denver formula for Russian Participation

As Russia has been given an advanced role in what was formerly referred to as the G7, Russia will wish to cement their role in the Summit of the Eight, seeking language in the communiqué that will confirm the permanence of the higher degree of participation seen at Denver.

2. Advanced Participation in the Economic Segment of the Summit

Russia will also seek to advance their participation further into the economic segment of the Summit and Summit processess, as is consistent with their long-term goal of attaining full and equal status in all areas of the G7/G8.

3. Paris Club Membership

Russia will look for the Summit's approval of their membership bid to the Paris Club as a creditor nation. Viewing the Paris Club as an essential step towards their recovery of debts owed to the former-Soviet Union, Russia places a high priority on membership and will wish the support of their fellow Summit members towards this end.

4. OECD Membership and Fast-track Membership to the WTO

Along with membership to the Paris Club, Russia will also seek membership to the OECD as well as fast-track membership to the WTO. It is important to Russia that the communiqué language support these endeavours.


Contributors:Gina Stephens and Viktoria Wosk

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