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Kobalia taking up the bottle

2011-07-09 14:57

Kobalia taking up the bottle. 19372.jpegAn epic with bringing Georgian wines back to the Russian market goes on. After an economic embargo has been laid on Georgia, the official Tbilisi spent several years complaining to the world community about the Kremlin's political motives but after Russia made up its mind to enter in WTO, Sakartvelo's government sharply reversed, having grasped at the chance to trade on such favourable subject. It looks like the entire Cabinet decided to express their opinion on the matter. Even Minister of Economy Veronica Kobalia felt herself an important person in the


government, commenting upon the meeting of the Fair Georgia party leader Kakha Kukava with chief sanitary officer of RF Gennadiy Onishchenko.

It seems like Georgia is ready to swing on the foreign policy swings forever when it comes to the point of Russia. It is steadily trying to make Moscow respond to every word, allegedly not realizing the consequences such position will lead to. Looking for sales outlets beyond the post-Soviet space also leaves its mark. Switching over to European standards, rebranding and a heap of other problems requiring a lot of money is the result of the official Tbilisi's obstinacy. It looks like only former USSR republics are capable of using the Georgian wine in the amounts it can be produced in. In this respect, being geared to the European Union is harmful for the Caucasian republic, for French wines have no rivals there and, naturally, are much cheaper.

Here comes the prospect of returning to the RF market, but what do we see? Instead of happily opening the cellars for its northern neighbor, Georgia again took up the lotus pose. It turns out that the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights is not ready to open the doors for the Georgian products for nothing. It requires compliance with the food safety standards of Russia and Customs Union, which fact is not welcomed by the current regime of Mikhail Saakashvili who decided to give up any relations with CIS for lost. However, the reins are always in the hands of the one who is able to spur Sakartvelo's sinking economy.

Even in the conditions of an embargo, the demand of the former Soviet republics exceeds the potential of the Georgia's export to the European and especially American market. But Tbilisi continues being obstinate, enraged at the fact the oppositional leader ventured holding negotiations behind the current officials' back. However, what else can one do when it is not the Russian but the Georgian government that obstinately refuses to export its wine to the evil "occupant"?

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