TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia and Russia representatives on Friday agreed to continue the dialogue.
Zurab Abashidze, the Prime Minister’s special representative for Russian relations, and Gregory Karasin, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, on Friday met in Geneva.
After the meeting, Abashidze told Georgian journalists in Geneva that this was the first contact between official representatives of the two countries since the 2008 war, held on the personal instructions of the Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The meeting was held in a suburb of Geneva, he said.
“We remarked that relations between our states are in fact in a deadlock and it is important to find a way out from this deadlock,” Imedi TV quoted him saying.
“We agreed that we cannot reach agreement on certain topics, therefore we have defined topics for conversation, which is trade relations, humanitarian-cultural connections and restoration of regular flights,” he said, adding that the dialogue will continue on regular grounds.
Karasin said after the meeting that there is a possibility to improve relations between the two countries. He added that the meeting was generally quite informative and businesslike.
“We noted that the bilateral relations between Russia and Georgia are at an impasse, they should improve, take on specific forms of cooperation without compromising the political positions of Russia. This was the focus of this first meeting,” Ria Novosti quotes him saying.
Acting on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation and the Prime Minister of Georgia, the sides will try to find solutions that meet the interests of our two countries, Karasin added.