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Abashidze-Karasin talks planned for March 4 in Prague

by | Feb 24, 2014
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Zurab Abashidze (left), the Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Russian Relations, and Gregory Karasin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The next meeting between Russian and Georgian negotiators might take place on March 4 or 5.

Zurab Abashidze, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Russian Relations, told Interpressnews that the meeting will be held in Prague.

At this sixth meeting, Abashidze and Gregory Karasin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, are to discuss the possibility of a meeting between the presidents Vladimir Putin and Giorgi Margvelashvili, as well as trade, transport, humanitarian and cultural issues, and investment projects.

Abashidze and Karasin have been meeting regularly since December 2012. It was the first direct talks between Georgia and Russia since the 2008 war and came after then President Mikheil Saakashvili lost government power to a new coalition.

As result of the talks, Georgia resumed its export of wine and agricultural products to Russia which had been closed since an embargo was imposed in 2006.

At the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Putin said he is ready to meet with Margvelashvili if he wants. The latter said he would carefully study this proposal.



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