About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:28 - 16 Jan.'18
Lavrov on WTO Entry Talks with Georgia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 12 May.'11 / 14:13

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the problem “created” by Georgia over Russia’s WTO accession “is political” and reiterated that Moscow could join the organization bypassing Tbilisi.

“We are still holding Swiss-mediated consultations with the Georgian side. Essentially, the problem created by Georgia is only political one. All the rest is related to WTO rules, which is possible to be resolved at the level of experts,” Lavrov said in the interview with Russian newspaper, Moskovskiye Novosti, published on May 12.

He said that he would again reiterate what he had already said previously twice, that WTO accession procedures made it possible to join the organization through vote in case of absence of a consensus.

“Georgian counterparts have described my comments in this regard as a whim. But, probably, those people who did so are not familiar with WTO documents and do not know that even such a precedent exists. WTO rules make it possible to joining the organization through vote,” Lavrov said, apparently referring to Ecuador’s case, when accession decision was adopted by the WTO’s General Council by a two-thirds majority.

Georgian Foreign Minister, Grigol Vashadze, said in April that his Russian counterpart’s remarks that Russia may join WTO without Georgia’s consent were “blackmail and bluff.”

Latest News
16 Jan.'18 16:28
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 22
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
16 Jan.'18 12:59
NDI-Commissioned Public Opinion Survey
Support for EU membership 72%, for NATO membership 64%.
16 Jan.'18 10:35
Freedom House: Georgia Remains ‘Partly Free’
Georgia’s rating in both political rights and civil liberties categories remained unchanged.
15 Jan.'18 18:36
President Vetoes Changes to Broadcasting Law
The bill, approved by the Parliament last month, envisages further expansion of powers of the GPB.
15 Jan.'18 15:56
Sixteen Polling Stations to Open in Abkhazia for Russia’s Presidential Election
Raul Khajimba and Semyon Grigoriev held a meeting to discuss organizational details of the upcoming polls.
15 Jan.'18 12:01
EU Calls for ‘Thorough, Transparent’ Investigation over Mukhtarli Case
Azerbaijani journalist, who was allegedly kidnapped from Georgia, was sentenced to six years in prison.
13 Jan.'18 11:00
Afgan Mukhtarli Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
Mukhtarli went missing from Tbilisi on May 29 and appeared in a detention facility in Baku a day later.
12 Jan.'18 14:22
Rights Group Challenges Russia over Khurcha Murder
Georgian Young Lawyers Association claims Moscow violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
12 Jan.'18 12:30
FM Crnadak: Bibilov Meeting Damages Srpska Reputation
The statement comes as Georgia sent a protest note to Sarajevo regarding the recent visit of Anatoly Bibilov.
12 Jan.'18 11:47
One More Suspect Sent to Pretrial Custody on Terror-related Charges
Zurab Idoidze is accused of assisting terror suspects, who allegedly plotted attacks on diplomatic missions.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.