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Moscow wine games

2013-02-20 20:18

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Members of the new Association of Exporters of Georgian Wine together with the Center of the Georgian-Russian economic cooperation have sent a letter to the chief sanitary doctor of Russia and look forward to achieving results. The arrival of the Russian delegation to examine the manufacturers of wine, is expected in Georgia this week - on the 25th of February. Representatives of the Rospotrebnadzor had been initially expected on February 11, but the necessary documents were missing and therefore the visit was postponed. The lift of the embargo continues to be delayed. Why does Moscow delay the resumption of Georgian wine exports?

The date of arrival of Russian experts has been once appointed. In early February, Gennady Onishchenko and Levan Davitashvili after talks in Moscow stated that the embargo on Georgian products supply to Russia could be removed this spring. It was planned that Rospotrebnadzor experts go there to inspect the plants on February 11. According to the Georgian side, it has provided all the necessary documentation on those enterprises producing wine and mineral water that were ready to be inspected by the Russian side. But the visit of Onishchenko's experts was postponed. The official reason was that Georgia sent the agreed list of plants and the route of the visit after a specified period.

Onishchenko said that Rospotrebnadzor experts were able to go to examine the Georgian plants after Georgia provides verifiable information about the productions that have been listed additionally.

Davitashvili shrug. He was surprised by Onishchenko's statement - why Moscow has not received the documents on the additional productions so far? After all, on the eve the Rospotrebnadzor stated they have been conducting detailed examination of the submitted documents, and by the evening determine the exact date of departure of experts for inspection of Georgian plants.

Georgian wine producers need the Russian market. Experts from Rospotrebnadzor can't wait for more than 20 companies engaged in the production of wine. Some of them are the part of the Association of Exporters of Georgian Wine. This organization will deal with exports to Russia. Its main task is to spread reliable information about Georgian products in Russia, as well as organizing contacts between the Georgian producers and Russian companies-importers.

All large Georgian companies producing wine need the Russian market. Even knowing how unstable it is. At any point in the doors of this market can be closed for the Georgian suppliers. And it will not depend on the quality of wine production, but on the relationships between the two countries. This is a kind of game in which the main role is played by the strongest. This is a way to manipulate the Georgian producers and the country as a whole. In any case, thus it looks from the outside.

The head of the Export Department of one of the leading wine producers "Kakheti Traditional Wine-making" Lela Chkheidze expressed in an interview to GTimes the view of almost all the major wine companies: "We urgently need the Russian market. It is close to us, and Georgian wine is claimed there. Ukraine - one of our main importers - is now full of Georgian wine; Belarus has quotas for the import of wine". Russia knows this. This is a trump card in the hands of Moscow, which can use it to reduce the price for a better deal, or simply to once again demonstrate the dependence of the small Caucasian country on the big and powerful neighbor. Or is it just a personal dislike of the chief sanitary doctor Mr Onishchenko to Georgian wine?

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