Paintings by Chagall, Russian 16th century icons to be on display at art fair in BrusselsSociety & Culture January 16, 21:50
Russia calls to probe into attack on Moscow Patriarchate’s church in Kiev — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 21:25
Russia, US start restoring business ties — ombudsmanBusiness & Economy January 16, 21:21
Figure skating pairs competition excluded from schedule of 2017 Winter UniversiadeSport January 16, 20:34
DPR top diplomat blames Kiev for dodging discussion of Steinmeier formula implementationWorld January 16, 20:14
IMF maintains forecast for global economy growth in 2017 at 3.4%Business & Economy January 16, 19:45
Six more settlements join Syria ceasefire regime — Defense MinistryWorld January 16, 19:22
Foreign Ministry: Washington initiating new arms race in EuropeRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:15
Diplomat says anti-terror efforts must not be hostage to political ambitionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:08
TBILISI, October 26. /TASS/. Georgia "supports normalization of relations with Russia," Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili said on Monday at the International Conference on Security and Cooperation in the South Caucasus.
"Despite Russia’s unacceptable actions toward Georgia, we support normalization of relations with Russia and pragmatic approach in this important issue," Garibashvili said. "The Georgian government made concrete steps over the last years toward restoring and developing cooperation with Russia in the spheres of trade, transport, tourism, culture, communications and all other possible spheres," he added.
Garibashvili noted that "there is no alternative to dialogue in normalizing relations with Russia." Meanwhile, Nino Burdzhanadze, a former speaker of the Georgian parliament, suggested that Tbilisi "should make more active steps on normalizing relations with Russia and start preparations for Russian-Georgian meetings at the highest level."
Meetings between Georgian prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin are the first direct dialogue between officials of Russia and Georgia since 2008. Discussions in this format are held every four months starting from December 2012. The first meeting between the official representatives since hostilities over the bordering South Ossetia region flared in 2008 opened near Geneva on December 14, 2012. The next seven meetings were held in Prague in 2013 and 2014 to discuss economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation of the two countries.