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Georgia calls for easing tensions in relations with Russia — PM

October 30, 2016, 1:02 UTC+3 TBILISI
"Georgia will continue to pursue its policy of easing tensions with the Russian Federation," Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili said
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Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili

Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili

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TBILISI, October 29. /TASS/. Georgia calls for easing tensions in relations with Russia, the country’s Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili said in a televised interview with the Georgian Imedi channel on Saturday.

"Georgia will continue to pursue its policy of easing tensions with the Russian Federation," Kvirikashvili said. "We will continue to seek ways so as to get the relationship with Russia back to normal, but everybody should understand that it will not be done to harm Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders."

Georgia’s prime minister said that "while tensions with Russia are easing, further development and expansion of the two countries’ cooperation in trade, travel and culture sectors have attained considerable importance."

The Georgian National Tourism Administration said that in January-September 2016, 834 Russian nationals visited the country for tourist, business and other purposes, up by 13.2% against January-September, 2015. The agency says that 64% of them are tourists.

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