Russia won't use WTO rules until a member-Putin

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 8 Fri Apr 8, 2011 2:34pm BST

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 8 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia should not implement the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) until it becomes a member.

"Why the hell should they take us in if we are implementing all the rules anyway," Putin told officials at a government meeting in the northern city of St Petersburg.

"We should not do that (implement the rules). And we should tell our partners that we will not implement anything," Putin said. (Writing by Gleb Bryanski; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)