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Wednesday, July 3
Russian winemakers say they will replace Georgian wine in case of embargo

Russian winemakers say they will easily compensate Georgian wine losses in case of the embargo.

“Russian winemakers can easily replace Georgian wines in case of the import ban. We are ready to offer consumers the classical options of drinks, as well as the wines with special features and the premium segment,” said the Russian wine companies and associations.

The opinion was expressed by the President of the Union of winegrowers and winemakers Leonid Popovich, who noted that there are people that love Georgian wine and the ban will be a problem for them.

Former chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko expressed hope for the preservation of trade relations between Russia and Georgia in its current form.

On the other hand, winemakers and representatives of different companies have noted that wine produced in “Russian regions, including Crimea” is based on similar grape varieties as in Georgia, but it is impossible to replace the taste of Georgian wine.

After the travel ban with Georgia imposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 21, and tightening of the Georgian wine export to Russia, wheat export to Georgia might also face a threat.

New 10-GEL banknotes to be put in circulation starting October 1

As Koba Gvenetadze, President of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG), said during the presentation, new 10-GEL banknotes will be put in circulation starting on October 1.

The new banknote has a new, better quality portrait of Georgian writer and poet Akaki Tsereteli. As well as a part of his poem, “Spring.” The banknote also has the signature of the writer.

The backside of the banknote also presents a painting of Davit Kakabadze, “Imereti – My Mother” and the coat of arms of Georgia.
(By The Messenger staff)