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Saakashvili drowns truth in wine2011-04-28 16:44
Despite a new possibility to discuss embargo issues and restore trade relations with Moscow, Tbilisi reiterates lack of interest in the Russian market. It seems Sakartvelo seriously wants to get back to previous indexes by exporting wine to China. Nonetheless, the opposition and winemakers unanimously condemn the position of the authorities.
A statement by Russian chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishenko was another reason of Tbilisi's discontent. The head of Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that Dorogomylovsky and Cheremushkinsky markets in Moscow can be closed because Borjomi mineral water brought from Georgia via Belarus is sold there. Besides, Onishenko reported that the Georgian mineral water banned in Russia since 2006 is imported on an industrial scale. Borjomi lots were found in a number of Russian regions, Caucasian Knot reports.
In reply Georgia's ministry of foreign affairs came up with an angry tirade that official Tbilisi has no motive or interest in having Sakartvelo products in the territory of Russia. Deputy FM Nino Kalandadze added that Russia fails to control its borders and stop counterfeit goods from reaching the market. And this is Russia's problem, she added.
Putting it mildly, Tbilisi's position looks strange. Instead of starting talks Georgia continues to bark back on Moscow's well-grounded claims. Yet, Sakartvelo authorities do have a chance to reach agreement and improve the situation in distressed economy. As we know, as early as in March Gennady Onishenko spoke about possible lift of the embargo on the Caucasian republic. "If this is an impulse from Georgia's business associations, we are ready to consider the issue on one criterion - quality", - he emphasized remarking that at first Russian specialists must assess the factories and carry out laboratory analysis of products.
Then only Russian ministry of foreign affairs informed its colleagues that if certification rules are complied with Moscow is ready to offer preferences to Georgian goods as before. It was also considered necessary in Smolenskaya square that bilateral talks should be started on the issue. "As a result of Georgia's withdrawal from the CIS, a number of documents on multilateral cooperation ceased to be effective for this country. On the basis of interests of mutual trade and hearing the calls of the Georgian side, Russian authorities adopted a position that could help find a solution to this situation", - Russian diplomats remarked adding that Russia will continue to consider relations with Georgia that have a practical importance in a constructive key.