Guwahati: A tea entrepreneur from Assam has called for having a cup of tea together to end the Russia-Ukraine war.

“Make peace and not war. Let’s have a cup of tea together to end war,” Ranjit Baruah of Aromica Tea told Georgian Ambassador to India Archil Dzuliashvili.

Dzuliashvili, who arrived on Friday, will be in Assam for a couple of days.

Sources said the Ambassador had asked the state government to get him in touch with Ranjit Baruah as he had been hearing about him in the media.

Baruah had launched Zelenskyy tea, a blend of Assam tea, which has now become popular.

Baruah told EastMojo that he was privileged to be invited by the Ambassador of Georgia. The Ambassador thanked Ranjit Baruah for his support to Ukraine through the Zelenskyy tea. 

The Ambassador also took a few packets of Zelenskyy tea, which he will distribute among his friends in his country and Ukraine.

Zelenskyy tea, which is a blend of Assam tea, was launched as it promises to be as strong as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is fighting against the Russian occupation.  

“The Ambassador told me there is a great scope and opportunities for Indian tea in Georgia,” Baruah said. The only hitch is that India still does not have an Embassy in Georgia, but talks are going on to have one.

“I am promoting Assam tea in my small way,” Baruah told EastMojo.

“The Ambassador said he will also inform the Ukrainian Ambassador to India on the Zelenskyy tea,” he said.

Georgia has a centuries-old history of tea and was one of the largest tea producers in the world. But the dissolution of the Soviet Union put an end to all that. An FAO report said Georgia, with its rich, celebrated food heritage and experience in developing geographical indications for its unique food products, could explore producing more organic and speciality teas, especially for the export market.

The Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of India in New Delhi is concurrently accredited to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Republic of Maldives, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the Kingdom of Thailand.

India recognised Georgia on December 26, 1991, and formal diplomatic relations were established on September 28, 1992. The Georgian side had first set up its Honorary Consulate in New Delhi in 2005 which was later upgraded to a full-fledged Embassy in 2009.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has already expressed concern about the developments in Ukraine. “Russia’s military actions undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the UN Charter and fundamental principles of the international law that will have severe consequences not only for Ukraine but also for the entire world,” a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia issued on February 24 said.

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