The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has invited Russia and four other countries to begin membership talks.
Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia also were asked to start talks about joining the 30-member organization, Spanish Finance Minister Pedro Solbes, who is chairman of the OECD ministerial council meeting in Paris today, said in a statement.
Russia, the world's largest energy exporter, has been trying to begin membership talks with the Paris-based OECD since 1996. The nation's economy, the world's 10th biggest, has entered its ninth consecutive year of growth this year.
The OECD ``is an exclusive, and largely a closed club,'' Andrei Kondakov, chief of the Foreign Ministry's Economic Cooperation Department, said by telephone in Moscow today. ``The invitation underscores the international community's approval of Russia's economic and political reforms.''
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