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Onishenko tired of pouring Borjomi2011-09-22 14:50
The saga about Georgian wines and mineral waters returning to the Russian market now looks more like a boring Mexican soap opera with the protagonist trying to get back home for a hundred of series. And a tired viewer, i.e. Gennady Onishenko in this case, wants to kick this slowcoach. On the whole (don't laugh), Georgian companies are not in a hurry to meet demands in order to bring wines and waters back to the Russian market.
The story of Georgian wines and waters slowly moving from the political to economic sphere and back is taking a new turn. Gennady Onishenko, head of Russian agency for health and consumer rights, chief sanitary doctor of Russia, seems to be sick and tired of verbosity around Borjomi's return to the Russian market thinking that it's high time Georgian businesses pass from words to deeds.
Otherwise it makes no sense: we have heard tons of words and assurances and the result is zero. Wine and water shipments are on the point of being resumed, as alleged, but for some reason Georgian businessmen refuse to carry out technical procedures required to access the Russian market.
"Three companies - exclusive suppliers, as they define themselves, - are trying to hold talks. With two of them we have already met reminding them terms to complete all procedures (in view of the return to the Russian market - ed), - Onishenko said referring to talks on mineral water shipments to Russia. - But we see no progress on submission of technical documents".
The situation with Georgian wines is the same. Despite a much better quality comparing to old times when Kindzmarauli and Hvanchkara were sold in every Russian store, Georgian businessmen are not in a hurry to confirm their readiness to return. Onishenko got bored with this Estonian style of work and came up with rather harsh statements.
"Let's stop playing suicide chess. If they want, they are welcome on our market. But they must understand that terms will be rigid", - head of Rospotrebnadzor said adding: Georgian businessmen must realize that Russia can easily do without Borjomi or Kindzmarauli. "We don't suffer a deficit", - he said however hard it may sound to Georgian winemakers. Yet, he is right. The assortment of good and moderately priced wines is immense in Russia. Besides, Narzan, Baghiatta and Essentuki are a wonderful substitution for Borjomi.