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Russian Official Praises Georgian Mineral Water --> Promotional picture of Borjomi mineral water (Courtesy Photo) November 30, 2006 -- Russia's chief health inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, today praised the medicinal properties of the Georgian mineral water Borjomi.

He said it will be the first banned Georgian product to return to Russia when Moscow lifts the trade embargo that Russia placed this year on Georgian agricultural products, including wine and mineral water.

Moscow cited health concerns with the products, but Tbilisi claims the ban is an act of retaliation for Georgia's pro-Western policy.


Moscow And Tbilisi

Russian military hardware being withdrawn from a Russian base in Batumi, Georgia, in August 2005 (TASS)

WHAT COMES NEXT? Although Russia is unlikely to push an aggressive military response to the current tensions with Georgia, it has a number of economic, political, and diplomatic options at its disposal. Already on October 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin summoned his inner circle to weigh Moscow's options... (more)


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