TBILISI, April 16. /ITAR-TASS/. For Tbilisi “it is very important to know how Moscow looks at the future of Georgian-Russian relations,” Georgian prime minister’s special envoy for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze currently on a visit in the Czech capital of Prague said in an interview with Tbilisi TV channel Rustavi-2 on Wednesday. He noted that for Georgia “it is important to receive information from a first-hand source on what they are thinking about the future of these relations.”
Zurab Abashidze and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will hold a next sixth meeting in Prague on Wednesday. At first the meeting was planned on March 4, 2014, but it was delayed to March 14 on mutual agreement and then was postponed “for a later date.” Last week Georgian and Russian officials noted that they would meet in Prague on April 16. Abashidze said repeatedly lately that “both sides called for continued talks in this format at telephone conversations with Grigory Karasin.”
The first meeting between Abashidze and Karasin was held on December 14, 2012 in a Geneva suburb and next four meetings were held in the city of Prague in March, June, September and November 2013. These meetings are the first direct dialogue of officials of the two countries after 2008.