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Georgian politicians do not let Russia to WTO2010-10-08 20:38
But the old witch is against it - that's the principle once again demonstrated by the Georgian government in the person of President Mikheil Saakashvili and Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri. They stated that their country's position on admitting the Russian Federation to the World Trade Organization remains unaltered - Sakartvelo is not going to support this initiative until certain issues are resolved in favor of the Georgian party. It becomes clear, however, that someone has got too strong an appetite.
It looks like the Georgian government has got very little work to do and plenty of time to devise new intricate methods of spiting Russia. Earlier, Georgia was dissatisfied with the economic embargo imposed on it by the Russian sanitary inspector but now everyone seems to forget about water and wine all at once. Indeed, that's not the best way to obtain preferences: after Russian country's entrance into WTO, the economic relationship might be resumed in the absence of diplomatic ties between Moscow and Tbilisi. US and Cuba, Turkey and Armenia are perfectly getting along in the trade community, at the same time being unable to stand each other on various political grounds.
"Georgia cannot support Russia's entrance into World Trade Organization until the conditions set forth by the Georgian authorities are satisfied. This also concerns the issue of customs checkpoints and a whole range of problems between Georgia and Russia", - Press Speaker of the Georgian President Manana Mandzhgaladze explained his position. It looks like Saakashvili lost his tongue when he heard that Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev positively completed negotiations on removing the reasons for Russia's soonest joining the world trade process. "We support Russia's joining WTO under the rules of this organization stating that there should be checkpoints representing two countries at the border of these countries,", - Nika Gilauri supported the guarantee of the Georgian Constitution.
There is an impression that Georgian authorities do not know the rules of the game they are going to join. According to WTO requirements, a country that isn't member of a workgroup on affiliating a state to the organization is unable to unilaterally block the admission of a new member.