The Ministry of Finance of Georgia calls a lie the widespread information that the sanctioned Russian oil is imported to Georgia by rail.
As noted in a statement issued by the department, Georgia strictly adheres to the procedures for the implementation of international sanctions, and there are no facts or evidence to support this accusation.
“The Ministry of Finance of Georgia responds to the story prepared on March 25 by the Formula TV company and explains the following: The opinion expressed by the journalist in the story – in particular, the quote: “Documents have been presented confirming that sanctioned Russian oil is transported to Georgia by rail” – is full of lies and misinformation.
We publicly and categorically state that Georgia is firmly adhering to the procedures for applying international sanctions, and there is no facts or evidence to support the above-mentioned accusation.
In order to provide the public with objective information, we immediately explain that as a result of an audit conducted by the Revenue Service, it was confirmed that international sanctions do not apply to the company mentioned in the story (the Zed Oil company), the cargo and its owners (information is available in open sources ). Based on the foregoing, after the completion of the customs control procedures, the cargo was placed under the import procedure in accordance with the law.
The Office once again urges everyone to refrain from disseminating unverified and false information. Any information related to the implementation of sanctions must be rechecked by the relevant agency responsible for the implementation of sanctions – the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, which, unfortunately, was not done by the above-mentioned media outlet,” the statement says.