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Source: Ministry of Economic Development (Russia) – An important disclaimer is located at the bottom of this article.

Nikolai Platonov has been appointed to the post of Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the World Trade Organization. Corresponding decree Signed by President Vladimir Putin on March 1.

Let us remind you that a permanent representative is appointed and dismissed by the President of Russia on the proposal of the Chairman of the Russian Government Mikhail Mishustin. At the same time, the management of the activities of the Permanent Mission is carried out by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The responsibilities of the Permanent Representative include representing Russia in the World Trade Organization, participating in the development and ensuring the implementation of a common trade policy and Russia’s position in negotiations within the framework of the association, promoting the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and WTO members, representing and protecting Russia’s interests when considering trade disputes before the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization.

Nikolai Platonov replaced his predecessor Dmitry Lyakishev in this position, whose powers ended after the expiration of a five-year term. According to Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, the predecessor of Russia’s new permanent representative to the WTO stood at the origins of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and made an invaluable contribution to the negotiation process on this issue.

“Dmitry Lyakishev is a high-class professional who was directly involved in negotiations on the development of Russia’s systemic obligations within the framework of accession to the WTO, including issues of technical regulation, import licensing and customs procedures,” the minister noted. “After the completion of accession negotiations, he did a tremendous job of preparing Russia for WTO membership, and for all five years as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, he actively defended the country’s interests.”

The new permanent representative, like his predecessor, has rich managerial and administrative experience; he has been in the system of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development since 1998. He has an extensive practice of detailed immersion in the specifics of Russian foreign economic policy and the activities of international organizations.

From 2001 to 2005, he worked as a senior expert at the Russian Trade Representation in the United States. Since 2005, as Deputy Head of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, he was responsible for the negotiation process on intergovernmental agreements on the promotion and mutual protection of investments with foreign countries.

From 2009 to 2010, he worked at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva, which ensures Russia’s interaction with the WTO and other international economic organizations. In 2010-2013, he served as General Director of Caspian Pipeline Consortium-R CJSC.

Since March 2013, he has held the position of Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and since August 2015, the position of Deputy Director of the Corporate Governance Department of Transneft PJSC.

In his last position, from May 2021, as Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community in Brussels, he led a group of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and supervised issues of trade and economic relations between Russia and the European Union.

According to Nikolai Platonov, Russia is and will remain an important participant in the multilateral trading system, actively involved in all processes taking place in the WTO, including those related to the reform of the World Trade Organization and the formation under its auspices of new agreements dictated by the current level of development of society and current challenges for global trade.

“In a situation of unprecedented sanctions pressure on Russia, it is especially important, with the help of the tools of the World Trade Organization formed over decades and the favorable trade regimes and market access enshrined in the obligations of WTO countries, to develop trade relations with states that are friendly and neutral towards Russia, and to coordinate with them efforts to improve WTO rules and ensuring the effective functioning of the organization in the interests of everyone, and not a narrow group of its members,” noted Nikolai Platonov.

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