Kobalia: Georgia doesn't oppose Russia's WTO accession
According to the head of Georgian economic department Vera Kobalia, Georgia doesn't oppose Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). However - subject to the relevant rules and regulations. As reported by "Georgia-News", Kobalia announced this position of Georgia in an interview to French newspaper "La Tribune".
"Georgia is absolutely not against Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), but, like any other country, which joined the WTO, Russia will be obliged to continue to abide its rules and regulations" - said Kobalia.
"Customs control, recognized at international level, in particular, by the European Union and the United States, must be installed at the Georgian-Russian border" - she added.
"This is economic, not political demands. Cargoes transported across the border must be controlled, just as it happens, for example, at the border between Finland and Russia" - noted the Minister of Economy.
In case of complying these conditions, "the achievement of agreement on Russia's accession to the WTO during bilateral Georgian-Russian talks in Switzerland is possible in the fullest extent" - concluded Kobalia.
As Kobalia told, in this case, the accession of Russia into the WTO "will be even advantageous", in case of solution of other problems in the two countries.
Recall, the fifth round of Russian-Georgian negotiations on Russia's accession to the WTO will be held in Switzerland September 12 this year, through the mediation of the Foreign Ministry of this country.