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Georgia’s Borjomi Water Hasn’t Sought Restart of Russian Imports

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The maker of Georgia’s Borjomi mineral water, which has been banned in Russia for five years, said it hasn’t asked for imports to its neighbor to be resumed.

IDS Borjomi Georgia didn’t ask Russia to lift the ban, Nitsa Cholokashvili, a spokeswoman for the company, said by phone from Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, today.

The Interfax news service said earlier today that Russia is considering a request by an unidentified company to restart imports of Borjomi, citing the head of Russia’s consumer watchdog, Gennady Onishchenko.

Russia prohibited imports of Georgian mineral water and wine in 2006 after Georgia expelled four Russian servicemen who it accused of espionage. Russia is seeking Georgian support for its bid to join the World Trade Organization.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at hbedwell@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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