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Georgian President Welcomes Economic Relations with Russia-Annual Report

Published: February 28, 2012 | 8:17 pm
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Saakashvili: “My unilateral initiative is to to abolish the visa regime with Russia”

The COMMERCIAL TIMES

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Georgian government welcomes economic relations with Russia. During his annual report presented at the Parliament of Georgia on February 28, Saakashvili noted that Georgia the more active business activities will be between the countries the less place wil be left for tanks.

“We’re ready to vote for piece!” said Georgian Presidemt. “My unilateral initiative is to to abolish the visa regime with Russia.

Saakashvili noted that Georgia is introducing a visa-free regime with Russia to attract tourists and businessmen. Accordin to the President, his country is open for the Russian businessmen, and they should know that they can safely move on it. “No one will forbid tourists to drink Georgian wine and Borjomi,” he said.

The President of Georgia underlined that his country is introducing a visa-free regime with Russia to attract tourists and businessmen. “Our country is open for the Russian businessmen, and they should know that they can safely move on it, because there is no place for tanks, if there is a place for business. And we promise that no one will prevent tourists from drinking Georgian wine and “Borjomi” Saakashvili said.

According to Trend.Az, Russian Consumer Supervision specialists will travel to Georgia to inspect the company, which plans to deliver Borjomi on the Russian market, the department said on February 27.

“Mechanism for organizing a departure of Russian experts to Georgia to the companies claimed to supply mineral water Borjomi in the Russian Federation is launched,” the statement said.

Russian Consumer Supervision department banned the import of Georgian wine and mineral water Borjomi to the Russian market in the spring of 2006. It happened after the Georgian-Russian relations worsening, the official reason for the ban has been called the poor quality of Georgian products.  IDS Borjomi company, producing the famous water has already submitted the documents in the Federal Service for quality and product safety, and expressed the willingness to present the plan to combat counterfeit mineral water, health department said.

During his annual report, Georgian President also recalled that the World Trade Organization (WTO) deal with Russia was a good example proving it is possible to reach a result with Russia.

Georgia gave consent for entry of Russia into the World Trade Organization (WTO) due to the desire to improve relations “Russia hasn’t mentioned the interests of the separatists during the negotiations, and it was our little victory,” Saakashvili added.

In November 2011 Georgia and Russia signed an historic trade deal which allows Russia to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The deal, followed 18 years of negotiations.Georgia had repeatedly blocked Russia’s WTO entry since the two countries fought a short war in 2008.

The deal is based on international monitoring of trade along the mutual borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The two provinces have broken away from Georgia and are recognised as independent states by Russia.

“It’s our diplomatic victory,” said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.”What we have achieved is a very important acknowledgement of what Georgia’s customs borders are,” he said.

 

 

 

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