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Chinese Prime Minister Ends Russia Visit - 2004-09-25

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has left Russia after a three-day visit focusing on bilateral economic cooperation. Mr. Wen said Friday his country and Russia had reached an agreement on Moscow's bid to join the World Trade Organization. He says the final document is to be signed next month when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits China.

Russia needs the support of WTO members to join the trade bloc.

Mr. Wen also says he discussed plans for Russia to build an oil pipeline linked to China, and secure a steady supply of oil from Russia.

Earlier in the week, Russia's embattled giant oil firm Yukos said it was cutting deliveries to China because of delivery costs.

Saturday, the final day of his visit, Mr. Wen met with members of Russia's scientific and technological communities.