Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Georgia-Russia: Third team of Russian experts to arrive, worries over Lugar Lab remain

11.09.2013 (Hvino News) Third team of Russian experts from Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor are coming to Georgia on September 16 to check the quality of wine and mineral water.

The experts will  inspect will check Georgian wine and mineral water companies that have not already been approved for export to Russia. Among the 30 companies there are five mineral water companies,  the rest are wine and beer manufacturers. The visit will last one week, and the experts will visit production facilities in the regions Racha, Adjara, Kartli and Kakheti.

Levan Davitashvili, head of the Georgian wine agency, said that four mineral water companies and 65 alcohol producing companies have so far been approved by Russia. According to Rospotrebnadzor, 14 companies out of 34 have exported four million liters of alcohol to Russia in 2013.

After the change of government in Georgia in 2012, the two parties started talks to renew export of Georgian wine and mineral water to Russia after the 7-years' embargo.

Rospotrebnadzor's head  Gennady Onishchenko confirmed the third phase of inspection would begin on September 16th. The group of five Russian experts will arrive in Georgia to inspect sanitation norms and product quality in five mineral water companies, two breweries and about twenty wineries.

At the same time, Onishchenko is still worried about the US-financed biological laboratory in Georgia. He said the operation of Lugar Lab is a serious obstruction for the development of Georgia-Russia trade relations. Onishchenko says he is prepared to launch negotiations with Washington in this regard, saying the participation of Georgian side will be necessary in this process.

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