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Baramidze: Georgia is interested in Russia's WTO accession2011-09-22 13:00
Georgian Vice Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze in an interview to CNN said that Tbilisi does not link the issue of recognizing the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Moscow to Russia's WTO accession.
"This is not a political issue and we do not intend to link it with the de-occupation of Georgia. We have a certain interest in Russia's WTO accession, as well as the EU countries do, but Russia must meet the minimum requirements which the organization imply and to guarantee that trade between Russia and Georgia will be transparent" - the "GHN" quoted Baramidze's words.
He added that the current negotiations between Moscow and Tbilisi over the WTO continue. "It would be ideal if the Georgian customs officers will be at the border. As can be seen, it is not acceptable to Russia at this stage" - said Georgian Vice Prime.
Recall, at the moment Russia agreed the conditions of its accession to the WTO with all the member states, except Georgia. The Georgian side has repeatedly stressed that Russia would not be able to join the World Trade Organization untill all differences with Tbilisi are not resolved.
"Russia will join the WTO neither at the expense of Georgian interests nor in violation of the charter of this organization" - in particular, said Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
At the same time, he also stressed that an eventual restoration of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Tbilisi is possible only after "de-occupation of Georgian territories".
One of the main demands of Tbilisi is establishment of control over checkpoints at the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.