Thursday, October 7, 2010

Georgia to Disallow Russia from WTO

Georgia’s Prime Minister, Nikoloz Gilauri, stated that Georgia will not support Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization unless Russia allows Georgian customs officers to operate the checkpoints on Russia’s borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The problem is that Russia has recognized those breakaway provinces of Georgia as independent states, while Georgia still considers them as a part of its territory. As a WTO member, Georgia has the power to block the long-awaited admittance of Russia to the organization.

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