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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Georgian wines may reappear in Russia

12.09.2012 (Hvino News) Georgian wines may reappear on Russian shelves, according to latest statement of  Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief sanitary doctor and head of Rospotrebnadzor. Onishchenko made statement at a press conference in Moscow, reports RIA Novosti.

But, he said, this will only happen if Russia will get guarantee and will send experts to check the Georgian wineries.

"If we get the guarantee that our specialists, at least 2-3 people, will visit the companies, we we will open these markets. Given the political relations and the absence of diplomatic relations, I twice applied to our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that we were given permission to visit these companies. MFA still cannot can give such guarantees, "- said Onishchenko.

According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, quality of alcohol products from Georgia and Moldova has increased. "Both on the Moldovan and on the Georgian directions, we see serious progress in restoring order," - he said.

The ban on Georgian wine was made due incompatibility with phyto-sanitary standards and presence of pesticides of classes 2 and 3.

Update: On the same day the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia published a statement at it official website, which may be seen as reaction to comments made by Russian official. Read official text here

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