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Russia-Turkey normalization meets Georgian interests — official

June 30, 2016, 10:36 UTC+3 TBILISI

A Georgian official says de-escalation of Russia-Turkey tension meets the interests of provising stability in the region

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TBILISI, June 30. /TASS/. Georgian prime minister’s special envoy for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze said on Thursday that in his view, "the normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey meets Georgia’s interests."

He said in an interview to the local TV channel Maestro that "de-escalation of tension in relations between these two neighboring for us major countries meets the interests of Georgia, as we are very interested in stability in the region."

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian government to enter into negotiations with Turkey to restore cooperation in trade and other spheres. This issue was discussed at a meeting of the Russian president with the government members that took place immediately after Putin's telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held on the initiative of the Russian side.

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