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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Georgian delegation to meet with Russian side on January 28

RIA Novosti. Sergei Yolkin
22.01.2013 (Hvino News). Georgian delegation plans to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian side on January 28.

Earlier Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief public health official and head of consumer protection agency  Rospotrebnadzor suggested to meet with Georgian delegation either on January 28 or February 4.

According to information from Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, the delegation will be headed by Vakhtang Abashidze, prime minister's special envoy on relations with Russia. The delegation will also include six representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Georgian Wine Agency.

As the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia David Kirvalidze said, the question of export of Georgian wine and mineral water to Russia has been resolved on political level, and only the "technical issues" remain.

"Georgian delegation is quite competent, judging by its members. Three members are government officials who, we understand, have the mandate to answer our questions," Onishchenko said. Onishchenko did not say when Georgian wine and mineral water exports to Russia could resume. Georgian representatives said they hoped to restart exports in March.

"I know nothing about Georgia's plans. We made our position clear a long time ago, making no secret of it, which is important for taking these steps after all. We have been talking about this so long that we will soon stop believing all this is feasible," he said.

"We will wait and see. We were prepared to discuss this issue in the same context back in 2009. It's January 2013 now," Onishchenko said.

© Hvino News

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