Aug 4 (Reuters) - Russia's chances of joining the World Trade Organisation this year are high but its accession still faces political obstacles from Georgia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

He accused Georgia, which has threatened to veto Russia's accession in a dispute over customs controls, of using the WTO entry process to revive political problems but said Russia would not get involved in "immoral" barter to secure its accession.

In an interview with Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio, Russia Today television and Georgia's PIK-TV, Medvedev urged Tbilisi to show wisdom and said relations between the two countries, which fought a brief war in 2008, could improve if it did so.

August 4, 2011

Source: Reuters