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Georgia infuriated again2010-04-07 23:24
Once again Tbilisi accuses Moscow of violating international norms condemning Russia's intention to set up a trade mission in Abkhazia that will help the young Transcaucasian republic to solve foreign trade issues of Russian companies and deal with the investment flow.
As remarked in the official statement of Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs "after the conclusion of the so-called agreements on creation of military bases and joint protection of the so-called "borders", Russia through this step tries to completely include the occupied territories not only in its military and political, but also economic space. Actions carried out by Russia are destructive", - the Georgian diplomats think.
Curiously enough Tbilisi has been aware of creation of trade missions in Abkhazia and South Ossetia since last autumn when Russian PM Vladimir Putin approved the draft of inter-government treaties stating that reciprocal establishment of trade missions aimed at better coordinated foreign trade ties will contribute to development of sound trade and economic contacts between the countries. Besides, this step must ensure establishment of economic relations under globally recognized principles. As Sergey Chernyshev, head of Department of Economic Cooperation with the CIS countries at the Ministry of Economic Development said, Moscow is not going to be slow on the issue remarking that the trade mission will also help Abkhazia to post information on the web resources of the ministry. "We will help to find right investors in Russia and foster economic development, this will be good institutional support", - he added.
A few days ago Vladimir Putin ordered to set up a trade mission in Abkhazia before the end of this year. It is expected that trade missions will operate as legal entities and make part of a country's diplomatic mission in a host state.
Commenting on the decision made in Moscow, Semen Grigoryev, Russia's ambassador to the republic underlined that before August 2008 there had been no legal basis at all. "Abkhazia was a grey zone, an unrecognized republic", - Rosbalt quotes. - Investing capitals there meant a high political and economic risk". Establishment of a trade mission, as Grigoryev thinks, will help solve foreign trade problems of Russian companies in Abkhazia more actively since investment flow from Russia is now hampered by unsettled legal issues.