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Thursday, May 23, 2013

First batches of Borjomi mineral water from Georgia arrive in Russia

23.05.2013 (Hvino News). After a seven-year embargo, Russia has allowed a shipment of Georgian Borjomi mineral water into the country, a move commentators in Moscow see as a sign that political tensions between the neighboring countries are easing.

Moscow banned imports of Borjomi water, Georgia's third-largest export, in 2006 in response to the policies of then Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, a critic of the Kremlin. The official reason given for the ban was alleged poor hygiene standards.

Two trucks with water from the Georgian spa town were on their way to supermarkets around Moscow, the Russian customs agency said on Wednesday.

"We have delivery contracts with all retail networks in Russia, and at the beginning of June Borjomi will appear on shelves, - IDS Borjomi Russia's general director Alexander Zhadanov said yesterday.

It is expected that Georgian wine, which enjoys a very strong reputation in Russia, also banned in 2006, will be allowed to be imported again soon.

Relations between the two countries have thawed since the victory of Bidsina Ivanishvili in last year's parliamentary elections.

© Hvino News

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