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Russia and Georgia to discuss membership in WTO in Bern today2011-04-28 14:17
The second meeting between Georgia and Russia will be held today in Swiss Bern in the context of RF' entrance in WTO. As was reported by Novosti Georgia, the Georgian party will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Russia has been trying to become member of the World Trade Organization since 1993. At the end of April, Georgia quitted the negotiating process in protest against the Russian president's order to remove economic sanctions in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. After the August-2008 war and Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence, Tbilisi broke the diplomatic relationship with Moscow.
Negotiations on WTO between Georgian and Russia were resumed this March; they were held in Bern with the mediation of Switzerland.
As was earlier reported by Head of Georgian MFA Grigol Vashadze, "Georgia does not have the purpose of blocking Russia's entrance in WTO".
The same thing was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze: "Georgia does not have the purpose of blocking Russia's entrance in WTO. We have stated many times that we are ready to encourage the process (RF's entrance in WTO). That's why we agreed to resume negotiations despite our political relationship with Russia".