On 10 November 2011 the WTO’s working group approved a protocol that permits Russia to become a member of the WTO. The protocol also recommended that the ministerial conference, which is planned for 15-17 December, accept Russia as a WTO member. Russia should then ratify the documents necessary for WTO membership no later than 15 June 2012. Russia will officially become a WTO member 30 days after the members are notified of the ratification. The approximate date is 1 -15 July 2012.