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Georgian presidential election results change vector of relations with Russia

October 28, 2013, 11:49 UTC+3

According to experts, Georgia and Russia will benefit from broadening and deepening economic cooperation

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There were no such calm and peaceful elections ever before in Georgia, the Kommersant writes about the presidential elections held in Georgia on Sunday.

After the new constitution comes into force from the moment of the inauguration of the country's fourth president, Georgia will turn from presidential into a parliamentary republic, and the head of state will not participate in forming a cabinet and will not influence the government's decisions, the daily notes.

According to the preliminary results, Georgy Margvelashvili from the ruling coalition Georgian Dream will become Georgian president, thus ending the epoch of Mikhail Saakashvili's rule, the Kommersant notes. Russia did not maintain relations with the ex-president of Georgia.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda asked some well-known people in Russia and Georgia how to build relations anew between the two countries.

Opera singer Zurab Sotkilava believes Russia and Georgia must be together. “Saakashvili convinced many people to look towards the West, and because of this there are difficulties in relations,” he said.

State Duma member Oleg Lebedev said "We were already building relations. We for a long time have held talks on European grounds, in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Council of Europe. At the recent CIS summit in Minsk, the idea was voiced that the CIS was always ready to see Georgia again in its family. And we will do everything possible for this."

According to the director of the Strategic Analysis Institute, Igor Nikolayev, the two states will benefit from broadening and deepening economic cooperation.

Popular singer Soso Pavliashvili said Russia and Georgia should not show off to each other and not compete to demonstrate who is better, cleverer and richer and who will win. The two countries should build relations in economy, culture and sports, guided in everything by the idea of respect and confidence, he noted.

Archpriest Igor Alexeyenko from Abkhazia believes relations between Russia and Georgia should be strengthened through the common Orthodox faith and the memory of the common heroic past. "Not to forget, for example, that the Victory Flag on the Reichstag was hoisted by Russian Yegorov and Georgian Kantaria and that recently we lived in one common great country, which regrettably ceased existing in 1991. The faith and the common past will be the basis to form our common future," he said.

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