Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says he is ready to have direct dialogue with Russian leaders.

Gharibashvili’s statement was a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said on Monday that he is willing to meet with President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

The Georgian PM took part in a talk show on Imedi TV on Tuesday, where he said that he and the government has the same position, that they are ready for direct dialogue with Russian leaders.

“As head of Georgia’s government, I confirm that I am ready for direct dialogue,” he said. “I cannot say what type of dialogue this will be and when.”

Gharibashvili said such a meeting requires thorough planning and preparation.

“This meeting must be understandable for everyone and first of all for our people,” he continued.

Georgia under then President Mikheil Saakashvili broke off diplomatic relations with Russia after the 2008 war. Russia said it would not deal with Mr Saakashvili or his government, but wanted contact with Georgia if others were to represent the country.

PM Gharibashvili said the new government’s initiative to mend relations with Russia has received positively by Georgia’s international partners.