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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Georgian delegation is waiting for Russian visas

26.01.2013 (Hvino News) Georgian delegation is still waiting for the visas to travel to Russia for participation in talks on resumption of imports of Georgian products, including wine, to the Russian market - Georgian Agriculture Ministry reported on Thursday, January 24.

According to the Russian media reports, Rospotrebnadzor's chief Gennady Onishenko stated earlier he expected the Georgian delegation to arrive on February 4. He also said, he might travel to Georgia after the meeting to inspect the enterprises on the ground.

"As far as we know, Mr. Onishenko has addressed the Russian Foreign Ministry with the request to provide visa and diplomatic support to the Georgian delegation. So, we will travel when this support is rendered. We are not sure, whether it will be February 4. Everything depends on Russia. The most important thing is that there is a strong will," Georgian Agriculture Ministry's spokesperson said.

"As far as Onishenko's visit is concerned...we cannot tell anything. The most important now is to hold this meeting, the rest are the issues of secondary importance,' the Ministry spokesperson stated.

Russian Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Control of Protection of the Consumers' Rights and Human Well-being) banned imports of Georgian wine and Borjomi mineral water, referring to the poor quality of those products, after aggravation of tension in Georgian-Russian relations, in spring 2006.

© Hvino News

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