Russian could soon lift its ban on wine and mineral water from Georgia, according to reports in Moscow.

Russia's chief public health officer Gennadiy Onishchenko said the country could soon see the return of wine from the Georgian region of Abkhazia.

"I think that things from the direction of Georgia could soon be opened up, and I mean wine," Onishchenko was quoted as saying in The Moscow Times today (24 January). He reportedly added that he approves the return of Georgia's Borjomi mineral water to Russian shelves.

The reports follow statements from the Russian authorities that a similar ban on wine from Moldova could be lifted next month.

Russia imposed bans on wine from Moldova and Georgia after claiming wine from the former Soviet states contained pesticides.