TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili says the proposal by Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a meeting has had no actual follow-up or preparations.
At the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian president said that there is a possibility that he will meet his Georgian colleague in case the latter ‘is ready.’
In response, Margvelashvili said that he will meet the Russian president, but it requires serious preparations.
In a talk show on Maestro TV on Monday, Margvelashvili said that there have been no preparations made for a meeting with Putin.
“We made a statement that we are ready to review this issue, but review the painful issues between Georgia and Russia,” he said. “Such meetings must naturally be preceded by a preparatory stage.”
He said time is needed to prepare such a meeting.
“We need an appropriate environment and a preparation meeting is part of very serious work,” he said, adding that such work has not yet started.
Margvelashvili said if the meeting actually takes place, it must concern the most painful issues and shouldn’t be a repetition of what is said during talks between Georgian and Russian diplomat in Prague, who have been meeting regularly since the change of government in Georgia.