Expert: West puts pressure on Tbilisi on the WTO
According to the Georgian expert on the Caucasus Mamuka Areshidze, the desire of Georgia on Russia's accession to the WTO until the end of this year is due to pressure from the West.
"Probably, a kind of agreement took place and there was serious pressure from the West" - the expert believes. "It's unlikely that we'll learn the real reason for that. My assumption is that society also know that the West has put a pressure on Georgia on Russian accession to the WTO. However, for fairness, I must say and that was some pressure on Russia to make a certain concessions. We are not yet known what concessions Russia has made, but the fact is that it was going to do this, because representatives of the Georgian authorities have expressed some satisfaction" - the "GHN" quoted Areshidze's position.
"As to the question whether Russia's entry will happen this year, I can not say anything to you, but I can guarantee that Russia will join this organizations because everything is going to do so. We do not know, at what stage is the process and on what they have already agreed. The Georgian authorities have not said all of these things. We can only assume that there have been some compromises, but I can not say in what direction and which exactly"- said Areshidze in an interview.
Recall, in early 2011, Russia has resumed negotiations on its membership in the WTO with Georgia. The sides hold regular talks but no visible results on the subject have been reached.