Onishchenko doubts that the Georgian wine will return to Russia in February
The head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko expressed doubt that the Georgian wine will return to the Russian market in February this year.
"I do not agree about February. If we regard this issue from the beginning of our negotiations, they would have long been in Russia. But since there are ideological issues, not economic, I'm not sure it will happen in February", said the chief state sanitary doctor of Russia in an interview to TV channel "Rain".
"The problem now lies only in the plane of the fact that normal Georgian business fully understandable wishes to return to Russia. And we say them - please, come, just follow our laws. We're negotiating with six Georgian companies. I won't call them, because as soon as we meet with them, the local (Georgian) leadership starts repressions", said the head of Rospotrebnadzor.
"Even if the Georgian wines will fully return to our market, it will be very unnoticeable segment. Only for those who are experts in it. That is, for a very small portion of our population. Since now our market is filled with products of different quality - low cost, middle segment and high-quality for gourmets", added Onishchenko.