Georgia's cancellation of Russia WTO protocol illogical-aide

ST. PETERSBURG, July 14 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian presidential aide said Friday Georgia's possible revocation of signature under a protocol on Russia's WTO accession was inconsistent.

Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili said Friday Georgia had withdrawn its signature under the bilateral agreement with Russia until Russia lifted "discriminatory customs regime" against Georgian exports.

Wine and mineral water imports from the former Soviet republic of Georgia were banned from sale in Russia earlier this year over an alleged failure to meet Russia's hygienic standards.

Russia has already concluded bilateral protocols on the accession to the World Trade Organization with all member countries of the 58-member Working Party except the United States.

Russian officials said earlier this week that they hoped the protocol would be signed before the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations - Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy - gather in Russia's second city, St. Petersburg, for a three-day summit starting Saturday.

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