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Russia Starts Registration Process For Georgian Wine Imports

Georgian wines, ready for export (file photo)
Georgian wines, ready for export (file photo)
TBILISI -- Georgian officials say Moscow has so far granted nearly 40 wine companies permission to export their products to Russia.

Levan Davitashvili, chief of Georgia's National Wine Agency, made the announcement to journalists in Tbilisi on March 6 following a visit to Georgia by inspectors from Russia's consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor.

A second round of Russian inspections is expected to start on March 25.

Russia imposed a ban on wine and mineral water imports from Georgia in 2006, citing quality concerns.

At the time, Moscow-Tbilisi ties were strained because of Georgia's closer relations with West.

Tbilisi broke all diplomatic relations with Moscow after their August 2008 military conflict over Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia.