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Sakartvelo’s no-wine economy2011-07-06 12:31
The many-year embargo on Georgian wines and mineral water supply to Russia may be raised in the nearest time. This was stated after the visit of the Free Georgia party leaders Kakha Kukava and Giorgy Tsanava to the Russian capital where they met with head of Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights Gennadiy Onishchenko. Sakartvelo experts and businessmen are getting ready for a voyage where they will discuss definite steps on bringing the Georgian products back to the Russian market.
Saperavi, Khvanchkara, Kindzmarauli and Borjomi have been absent from Russian shops for a long time. The reason lies in the stubbornness of Sakartvelo government that does not agree to contact Moscow so as to resume the export in hope of conquering the U.S. and Chinese markets; it asserts there is not enough wine to supply to Russia. But the statement is hardly believable: Georgian wine-grower Mukhran Georbelidze recently said that "we've got more than enough wine". According to him, when the embargo was laid, the companies of the republic had no idea what to do with 80 percent of the unsold alcohol. The opposition, in its turn, also asserts that as soon as Russia banned the import of Sakartvelo products, local plants immediately started facing serious problems, though
some of the enterprises do not operate at full capacity and others were closed.
On realizing that there is no use waiting for a step forwards from the republic's government, the dissentients' spokesmen, leaders of the Free Georgia party Kakha Kukava and Giorgy Tsanava arrived at a decision to start their dialogue with Russia on the "wine" issue. You bet: many RF citizens are already missing the wine and mineral waters that used to be in the greatest favour in the territory of the Soviet Union.
After the meeting with the oppositionists, head of Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights Gennady Onishchenko stated that the Russian party had named the conditions for returning food, alcohol and non-alcohol drinks from Georgia to the Russian market. "We have agreed about negotiations on the conditions of supplying Georgian products to the RF territory to be held at the business and expert level", - he underlined, having added that the main ones imply compliance with the Russian legislation and standards regarding the food products safety. Onishchenko also underlined that Georgian products have got a real chance to return to Russia. "Otherwise, what's the point of any talks?" - he added.