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TBILISI, March 14 (Itar-Tass) – Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said it is impossible to restore friendly relations with Russia in an instant.
“Everyone should understand that nothing can be done in five minutes. I’m optimistic over improving trade, economic and cultural cooperation. I’m sure that relations will be restored. But it will take time to achieve this goal,” the Georgian prime minister told journalists on Thursday.
He expressed hope that Georgia “will be able to restore friendly relations with Russia step-by-step. Saakashvili did everything to complicate Georgian-Russian relations. Now we should settle this situation and unravel different tangles to make everything acceptable for both countries”.
Ivanishvili said Georgia will maintain economic and cultural relations with Russia despite irritation by the team of President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Ivanishvili told journalists that he insisted on “restoring and developing trade, economic and cultural relations with Russia”. “Despite the fact that the new government’s opponents are gotten angry with the new team’s intention to improve Georgian-Russian trade, economic and cultural cooperation it will be continued and consolidated,” the Georgian prime minister said.
He said earlier, Saakashvili’s team “artificially blocked economic and cultural cooperation with the Russian Federation. At present, relations are being improved and we’re unable to stop this process”.
Former ex-premier Vano Merabishvili, who is now secretary-general of the Saakashvili-led party ‘United National Movement’, is trying to organise protest actions to make the legendary Georgian folk music ensemble, Erisioni, to give concert tours in Moscow. “Their attempts are ridiculous. We will continue improving trade, economic and cultural cooperation with Russia,” Ivanishvili stressed.