Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) Status for Russia and US-Russian Economic Ties (CRS report)
for Russia became an issue for the 112th Congress because, on August
22, 2012, Russia joined the WTO after having completed a 19-year
accession process. The WTO requires each member to accord newly
acceding members “immediate and unconditional”
most-favored-nation (MFN) status, or PNTR. In order to comply with
WTO rules, the United States has to extend PNTR to Russia. President
Obama signed the legislation into law on December 14, 2012.