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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Abkhaz Wine Imports May Resume

Russia may soon resume imports of wine from the Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia, chief epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko said Thursday, RIA-Novosti reported.

"Abkhazia made some 10 wines and one cognac available to us to conduct checks on," Onishchenko said at a news conference. "Abkhaz wine may soon appear in Russia."

The consumer protection service held talks with Abkhaz authorities over the summer to discuss the issue, Onishchenko said, the agency reported.

The government banned wine and mineral water imports from Georgia in March 2006 over alleged health and safety concerns, a move that also affected Abkhaz products.

The ban came shortly after Georgian authorities arrested a group of Russian officers on charges of espionage.

Abkhazia will be able to sell around 5 million decaliters of wine per year to Russia, Onishchenko said.

"Everything depends on how Abkhaz companies perform in the testing process," he said.

Onishchenko also said Thursday that 258 types of wine and cognac from Moldova had been cleared by the Federal Consumer Protection Service.