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Georgia to continue policy of easing tensions in relations with Russia

November 26, 2016, 4:42 UTC+3 TBILISI
"The easing of tensions in relations with Russia is crucial for Georgia and we want to continue making steps towards that objective," Acting Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said
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TBILISI, November 25. /TASS/. The Georgian government plans to continue the policy of easing tensions in relations with Russia, the country’s Acting Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, said on Friday.

"The easing of tensions in relations with Russia is crucial for Georgia and we want to continue making steps towards that objective but this won’t happen in detriment of our territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders of our country," Kvirikashvili said at parliamentary hearings in the city of Kutaisi where the national parliament is located.

Kartuli Otsneba (Georgian Dream) party that got the constitutional majority of seats in the national parliament (115 out of 150) in the latest parliamentary election nominated Kririkashvili for the Prime Minister’s position on November 18.

On November 19, President Giorgi Margvelashvili approved the candidacy and submitted it for endorsement to the MPs.

On November 22, Kvirikashvili made public a list of candidates for ministerial positions in his cabinet. Most ministers from the previous cabinet, including the heads of foreign, interior, and defense ministries, will retain their posts.

The parliament is expected to vote on the new Prime Minister and cabinet ministers at a plenary session in Kutaisi on November 26.

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