Georgian PM urges Moscow to restore full relations

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TBILISI, Georgia – Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said in a statement addressed to Russian authorities on Friday that Moscow and Tbilisi should both make measures to restore full relations between the two countries who were at war with each other for a short time in 2008.

“I urge the leadership of the Russian Federation to take joint steps and resolve this complicated situation, while fully embracing our responsibility to the present and future generations,” the PM said in a statement released by the government’s press service.

Georgia has an “interest in reaching tangible progress in the Geneva International Discussions,” according to Kvirikashvili.

“I have reaffirmed my commitment to personal involvement to this end,” he added.

“Unfortunately, we are facing a difficult reality today,” he stated.

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“Although we have restored bilateral trade and economic relations, a chain of tragic events continues. This undermines the prospects of regulating Georgia-Russia relations,” Prime Minister noted.

George cut diplomatic relations with Moscow “due to Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and the Tskhinval region” on September 2, 2008.

Since then and the end of the war, relations have been hostile.


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