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Too early to consider preparations for Russian, Georgian presidents’ meeting — deputy FM

October 30, 2014, 19:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It is worth considering ways of establishing bilateral cooperation in areas where it is still possible in the context of disrupted diplomatic relations
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MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. It is too early to consider preparations for a meeting of Russian and Georgian presidents, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Karasin has told TASS.

“At this point it is worth considering ways of establishing bilateral cooperation in areas where it is still possible in the context of disrupted diplomatic relations, which, as is known, Tbilisi severed in 2008,” Karasin said.

He remarked that such work was in progress and there were specific results.

“We are going to go ahead with cooperation along threes lines,” Karasin said. “The possibility of future arrangements for high and top level meetings will depend on how we develop the specific forms of our cooperation.”

Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili on Tuesday confirmed his earlier voiced “readiness for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

He made the statement on Tbilisi’s Rustavi-2 television channel. He declared that Tbilisi was offering Russia neighbourly and friendly relations “on the basis of territorial integrity and within the framework of Georgia’s internationally recognized borders.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 10 said in Sochi he did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with his Georgian counterpart. In Sochi, a Georgian journalist asked Putin if he had any plans for meeting with the Georgian leader.

“If that’s his wish, why not,” Putin replied.

In response Margvelashvili said in Tbilisi that he would “seriously study” the Russian president’s statement about the possibility of a meeting at the head-of-state level. Afterwards Margvelashvili repeatedly said that he was prepared for such a meeting, which, he said required “painstaking and fundamental preparations.

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