Russia’s chief sanitary doctor states that Russia’s embargo on Georgian wines was caused by the number of falsified products. Regarding the political motives of the decision, Onishchenko says that Georgia’s leader is responsible for this, who doesn’t give the right to Georgian wine makers to develop trade relations with Russia and threatens them with “hanging”. Onishchenko mentioned Georgia as a quasi-national territorial formation.
“But today, Georgian business and not the government did a lot to stop the falsified product. I don’t rule out in case of other such measures that soon Georgian wines will be sold in Russia”, he said.
Onishchenko's interview was published by Izvestia after Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili introduced Zurab Abashize as his special representative for relations with Russia and said his primary task was restoring cultural and economic relations with Russia.