Tbilisi says ready for any scenario in relations with Moscow

By: Sara Rajabova

Georgian authorities do not rule out the re-introduction of an embargo on Georgian products by Russia.

Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze made the remark while commenting on the possibility of Russia banning the supply of Georgian goods to Russia.

“We have experienced this [Russian embargo] in 2006, when for several years our products were not supplied to the Russian market. If this happens again, of course, we will put deal with this and adjust to the new situation,” Panjikidze said.

Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also commented on the issue.

“We hope….Russia will not see anything dangerous for itself in Georgia’s signing the EU Association Agreement. We rather believe that in this context there may be many new opportunities,” the minister underscored.

Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.