Do Russia and Georgia Search for Compromises on Russia Entering WTO?
Russian and Georgian parties are supposed to be discussing a trade-off option on the presence of Georgian customs officers at the customs stations in the Abkhazian and South Ossetian areas of the Russian-Georgian frontier. According to RIA Novosti with reference to the Kommersant newspaper, the journalists were informed of this by a source in Russian diplomatic circles. Such a trade-off option could help to avoid the physical presence of Georgians at the border and at the same time to meet the Tbilisi requirements related to the receipt of goods turnover information. Official Tbilisi has not confirmed the information on the search of a compromise with the Russian party yet.
Let us remind you that another round of negotiations between the Russian Federation and Georgia on Russia entering the WTO took place in Switzerland on 28-29 April.
Tbilisi insists on the presence of Georgian customs officers at the customs stations in the Abkhazian and South Ossetian areas of the Russian-Georgian frontier as Georgia considers these territories as its own ones.
"The exit may be the following. As Georgia has no information on the situation at the frontier, some steps may be taken to improve the situation. For instance, the customs services of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia may publish the goods turnover statistics unilaterally", said the source in the diplomatic circles to the Kommersant newspaper.