TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia and Russia plan another round of direct talks in Prague in the middle of September.
The Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Russian Relations, Zurab Abashidze, told journalists on Tuesday that the details of the meeting are in the process of being worked out.
He said the first results of his talks with Grigory Karasin, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia, are already visible, as Georgian wine is again beind sold in Russia after a seven year break, and by the end of September, agricultural products will also be exported there.
He said there are still negotiations about engaging transport companies in international transit, which will make it easier for Georgian companies to export their products to Russia in a simpler way with less costs.
“Another positive result of our talks is that the number of Russian tourists has increased here in Georgia,” he said, “and soon certain categories of Georgian citizens will have simplified visa rules to travel to Russia which will also contribute to our relations.”
Abashidze didn’t specify what the topic of the next meeting with Karasin will be.
There are no diplomatic relations between Georgia and Russia, but the countries meet about twice a year in Geneva, and for regular field meetings in Georgia within the EU-hosted Incident Prevention and Reaction Mechanism.
After the change of government, the PM appointed a special representative for talks with Russia. Russia responded positively, and Karasin and Abashidze have now met three times.