Russia set to join World Trade Organisation
16 December 2011 Last updated at 10:14 GMT
Russia will finally join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday at a ceremony in Switzerland, after 18 years negotiating its membership.
The Swiss brokered a deal between Russia and Georgia earlier this year that removed the last obstacle to Russia's accession.
Georgia had tried to block Russia's WTO entry since the two countries fought a short war in 2008.
Russia is by far the biggest economy to join the global trade body.
Brian Milligan reports.