TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia will allow export of Georgian fruit and vegetables to its market.
Shalva Pipia, Minister of Agriculture, said Thursday that a document has been signed by the parties which lifts all restrictions on Georgian export of nuts, grapes, apple, pea, quinces, citrus and other vegetable products.
The minister said the Georgian delegation is in Russia, chaired by Zurab Chekurishvili, head of the National Food Agency.
The agreement will come into effect on October 14.
“As you know, the new government of Georgia has been methodically working to return Georgian products back to the Russian market, and this had as result in June that the market was opened for Georgian alcohol, mineral water and low risk products,” he said.
Russia established an embargo on Russian products in 2006 ostensibly due to low quality, but the decision was seen as connected with the prior arrest of four Russian diplomats in Georgia on spy charges.