With the ratification last week of its accession agreement, Lithuania joined Latvia and Estonia as members of the World Trade Organization. The only other former Soviet republics in the WTO are Georgia and Kyrgyzstan…. Ukraine’s parliament narrowly approved business lobbyist Anatoly Kinakh as the country’s new prime minister. Communists and liberals abstained from the vote, signaling tough time for tax reform and other priorities in Kinakh’s legislative program…. Ukraine reported its best economic performance since independence. Official agencies say gross product rose 6 percent in 2000, with household income up seven percent after inflation.