WTO: Switzerland is ready to become the third
On the eve, Switzerland expressed its readiness to become a third party in the Georgian-Russian agreement on the Russia's accession to the WTO. According to Trend, today, the head of the Georgian delegation at the talks with Russia, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze, said this in an interview to Georgian TV channel "Rustavi 2". He noted that this decision was sounded by the Swiss side after a meeting of the head of Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey with Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili in Batumi.
"Switzerland is ready to become a third side in an agreement between Georgia and Russia on the WTO, and foreign observers will operate at Georgian-Russian border under the auspices of Switzerland. At the talks, the presidents of Georgia and Switzerland clarified who will be the third party of the agreement, which is a significant component. The third country, under which auspices the international observers will operate - is Switzerland", said Kapanadze in an interview.
He recalled that under the initial plans, the EU could become the third side.
Georgian Deputy Minister also denied a number of media reports that in the last few days there were allegedly made some changes in the interest of Russia. As Kapanadze stressed, the text that the Swiss side suggested Georgia in previous days and the document approved by Georgia, remains unchanged.
In turn, the Russians asked for some respite for a final decision on the initiative proposed by Switzerland.