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Brüderle criticizes Russian protective tariffs
D he FDP politician criticized the Russian protective tariffs, among other things, on the import of foreign cars. After the severe crisis, open markets are important for a revitalization of world trade. 'We have known since Adam Smith that protectionism is misleading,' said Brüderle, who is making his maiden visit to Moscow.
Nabiullina said foreign concerns were being taken seriously. President Dmitry Medvedev has announced a review of the tariffs levied. Nabiullina said that it was an acute crisis measure to protect the Russian auto industry from dumping imports. There had been demonstrations against the auto tariffs in several Russian cities.
Despite international criticism, Russia wants to maintain the customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus. The project is putting a strain on the negotiations on Russia's possible accession to the World Trade Organization. Brüderle advised the Russian side that international standards should be adhered to. Nabiullina emphasized that joining the WTO remains an important goal for Russia.