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Ukraine returns to the OIV and becomes, in the midst of the war, member number 49

Paris, Oct 27 Ukraine is now returning, in the midst of the Russian invasion, to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) from which it left 14 years ago for failing to pay dues and has become the 49th member country, among which is also Russia that has claimed the Crimean vineyards in recent years.

The OIV announced this Thursday in a statement that Ukraine will again become one of the member states, as it was between 1997 and 2008, next Sunday, just one month after its formal request for reintegration, as contemplated in its statutes.

The organization indicated that, with its new status, it will benefit from the information, cooperation and services of a network of around 1,000 experts.

In addition, you will participate in the decisions that are made in this organization of an eminently technical nature on the wine sector.

As a full member, Ukraine will participate in the organization’s forty-third congress to be held from October 31 to November 4 in the Mexican city of Ensenada and will be represented at the General Assembly scheduled there on the last day.

Then the position of Moscow, like that of the other states, on this incorporation could be known, since up to now it has not made an official statement.

Russia, which annexed Crimea after the 2014 referendum organized there, and whose validity has not been recognized by the international community, has included the vineyards of that Ukrainian region as its own in the statistics it has presented to the OIV in recent years.

However, for 2022 and for unknown reasons, Moscow has not completed the questionnaires that the organization’s experts send to each country each year to update the data, so that those of Russia will not appear in the report focused on the production of this year they are published next Monday. EFE

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