Gilauri: Tbilisi is ready to further negotiations with Moscow
According to Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri, the country is ready to further negotiations with Russia, since Georgia agreed on Russia's WTO membership due to the fact that they have fully taken into account the principal demands of the Georgian side. As reported by "Georgia-News", Gilauri said this in an interview to "Deutsche Welle".
"We put forward very simple and concrete demands during the negotiations on Russia's accession to the WTO. Our demands have been met thanks to the assistance of Switzerland, which took them into account and included them into a final document. This document fully meets our requirements, which we have insisted throughout the negotiations process, so we agreed on them", said Gilauri.
"We insisted on the international monitoring, and Switzerland will be the third independent party, which controls the trade corridors, and ensures full transparency of information on trade between Georgia and Russia. In this case a single trade regime with no differences for the occupied territories will operate at the whole of Georgian territory. Our main requirement was satisfied. Thus, in the final document, Georgia is presented as a single and integral partner in trade relations with Russia", Prime Minister added.
Further he emphasized the diversity of their economic relations with Russia. "There are so many Russian companies operating in Georgia. Russian VTB, for example, is one of the largest banks in Georgia. And one of the biggest investors in Georgia's energy sector is the company RAO, which owns distribution networks and hydroelectric power plants. The Lukoil is one of the largest suppliers of oil products in Georgia. The Beeline is the third largest provider of mobile telephony in the country. There is a very active economic presence of Russian companies in the Georgian market, including the state companies. We, in turn, are exporting energy to Russia, we allow the Gazprom to pump gas through Georgia to Armenia, while do not buy the gas from the Gazprom", Gilauri said.
"As for the politics, we are ready to discuss any topics and issues. But, unfortunately, the Russian side refuses to talk to us about anything else", he added.