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 Senakuri, a Russian company founded in Georgia, leader of Georgian wine sales in Russia until 2006, has refused to return to the Russian market, as it is not included in the list of manufacturers willing to sell their products to Russia, RBC Daily reports.Senakuri was well-known in Russia for its Vinodel-Collection. According to ILS, it sent 6.2 million liters of wine to Russia in 2005, which equaled to 17.2% of all Russian wine purchases. Every fifth bottle of Georgian wine in Russia in 2004 was made by Senakuri. 

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 Russian Chief Sanitary Inspector Gennady Onishchenko said that the visit of wine inspectors to Georgia will most likely be postponed, because Georgia had not presented a list of enterprises for inspection, Interfax reports.Three groups of specialists were expected to visit Georgian wine and mineral water manufacturers this week. The delay may take a few days. 

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The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare will receive the list of Georgian companies willing to be inspected, as stated by Levan Davitashvili, head of the Georgian National Wine Agency.The list includes about 60 wine manufacturers and a company producing mineral water. Inspectors of the federal service will soon visit Georgia.

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As a result of today's Russian-Georgian talks on the resumption ofsupply of Georgian wines to the Russian market, the head ofRospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko, said that his department is notyet ready to import Georgian wines in …

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The Rospotrebnadzor will check producers of Georgian wines and mineralwater to decide whether to import these products to Russia.The head of Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko, said that producersthat are going to pass inspections will be invited to register theirproducts for import, Interfax reports.Onishchenko stressed that the import of Georgian products " dependsentirely on the Georgian side."

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The Georgian-Czech business forum is being hosted by Tbilisi today. It was opened by the Georgian parliamentary speaker David Bakradze and the chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Business Georgia reports.The forum was attended by representatives of 20 Czech companies operating in the fields of agricultural products, construction, energy and the financial sectors.

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Georgia and Qatar have signed an air traffic treaty, Business Georgia reports. The treaty was signed by the minister of economy of Georgia, Vera Kobaliya, and the head of Air Qatar, Abgar Albeker. Kobaliya has been on an official visit to Qutar from February 13.

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Georgian Minister of Finance Kakha Baindurashvili announced that theeconomy of Georgia has returned to the trend of growth. In the lastyear growth was 6 percent, the minister said in Batumi at a meeting ofcabinet members with business representatives, organized by theBusiness Association, Business Georgia reports.

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The Poti-Senaki gas pipeline, which will supply natural gas to the free industrial zone of Poti, is being constructed in western Georgia. According to the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, on November 17 the U.S.Ambassador to Georgia John Bass and Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri will examine work on the pipeline, Business Georgia reports. The U.S. has allocated $115 million for the construction of the pipeline in the framework of the 30-month U.S. project to develop theeconomy of Georgia, with a total budget of one billion dollars.

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