MOSCOW, February 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia is ready to expand trade, economic and humanitarian relations with Georgia by not at the cost of betraying South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Speaking at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy on Monday, Lavrov said, “We’ve guaranteed the existence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia because the maps were prepared to make strikes on Abkhazia. The key task is to ensure human survival.”
The minister recalled that the aggression had been unleashed in 2006 although Tbilisi “had no forces for this”.
“Our attitude towards the Georgian people has never changed. We’ve not wrecked relations even after diplomatic relations were broken out. We were not going to isolate the Georgian people,” Lavrov said.
“At present, the new government has ruled Georgia. It shows interest in improving relations. We are ready for this by not at the cost of betraying South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” the minister stressed.