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Georgia will make the world drink its wine

2011-12-09 11:43

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The statements are sooner said than done. After Gennady Onishchenko started "flirting" with the Georgian winemakers for their return to Russia, a year passed. But now the work with documents is completed - and the head of Rospotrebnadzor is almost ready to go in person to go at tasting in Georgia. Association of Exporters is waiting for him with open arms, not even knowing what company he will visit. This is almost a military secret. After all, Saakashvili is ready to give the entire world, including China, to drink wine, but not Russia.

"To spite the conductor I'll buy a ticket and get out" - this is the motto of the Georgian government in respect of claims by chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko. In 2006, he banned the importation of wine from Georgia because of its disgusting qualities. People remember these swipes on the shelves of the Russian provinces to this day and can't believe that since then, Tbilisi has made significant progress in the fight against counterfeiting. Mikhail Saakashvili tirelessly thanks Onishchenko for quality wines. One of the priorities of the Georgian government is increasing their exports. But not to Russia.

Gennady Onishchenko is obviously intrigued by rumors of an excellent quality of Khvanchkara, Kindzmarauli and others wines and by the position Avlabar inhabitant. Even being an ideological teetotaler, Onishchenko monthly declares his readiness to taste the drinks of Sakartvelo.

The shift in Rospotrebnadzor occurred year and a half ago, when Georgian opposition began to establish ties with Russia bypassing their government. But negotiations are middling well. Immidiately after Onishchenko announces that some wine companies have addressed to him, the journalists and security agents of Georgia begin to find out who are these "traitors". As a result, it appears that no one wants to deal with Rospotrebnadzor.

However, this week, Russian chief doctor again stated about seven companies that want to deliver their goods. "Sarajishvili" is among them. Its head Elguji Bubuteishvili stubbornly refuses to unveil the Georgians the details. "We have signed a contract with an American distribution company which is negotiating with several countries. I do not know with which countries they talk and about what they talk", he sent away the curious two days ago, after the statement by Onishchenko.

On terms of anonymity, the head of one of the wineries told: all entrepreneurs of Georgia were warned that export to Moscow was not encouraged. "I do not know who would risk, even if Russia opens doors for us without any conditions - overnight you can lose everything. Here, if you're not loyal to the authorities, it is done very quickly", the businessman explained.

In such a situation the intermediary path of returning to Russia, elected by "Saridzhishvili", is the easiest. By the way, "Borjomi" is looking for similar loophole. In Russia there was established LLC "Borjomi Center" under the guidance of a businessman and leader of the movement "In the name of Georgia" Mindia Gulua. This company will buy mineral water in Georgia and sell in Russia - whe Onishchenko allows, of course.

According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, he has studied all the documents and is ready to proceed to the final step - examination of the companies. "There are questions; we will invite experts, so they responded to them. Then we will travel to Georgia and look at the production on the spot", Onishchenko said.

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