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  • "The faster Moscow enters the World Trade Organization and other key institutions on the same terms that apply to everyone else, the faster its industries will become more competitive and the faster its economy will diversify," Mr. Burns said.

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  • Mr. Burns warned that restrictions on the press and the lack of an independent judiciary will hurt Russia's economic prospects.

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