Ukraine signed a bilateral protocol with Kyrgyzstan on mutual access to the markets of goods and services, clearing its way to become a WTO member by the end of 2007, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Wednesday.
"Thus, last protocol, which was extremely important for completing the process of Ukraine's accession to the World Trade Organization, has been signed," Yatsenyuk said, "Currently, there are no hindrances for Ukraine to join the WTO by the end of 2007."
He said that next step should be the endorsement of a report of the working group on the issue of Ukraine's accession to the WTO.
"We have already prepared the report. All of the pages of the report have, in fact, been agreed. And I hope the working group's report will be endorsed in the shortest possible time," Yatsenyuk added.