TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia offers to assist in returning Georgian citizens to their home country from Syria.
Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili told media Wednesday that the offer was conveyed to Zurab Abashidze, the prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, by Grigory Karasin, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia.
Karasin and Abashidze have met to negotiate the reopening of trade between the two neighbor countries; a new channel of communication established by the Ivanishvili government.
Ivanishvili has not added any other details. Later, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze explained that “Russia conducts intensive flights to Syria to deliver humanitarian supplies there, and on the way brings back civilians.”
“I think this offer is a very good gesture and we must consider this as a positive step in humanitarian-cultural relationship,” Panjikidze added.
The the moment, there are 20 Georgians remaining in Damascus, according to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mrs Panjikidze said the government has recommended several ways for Georgians to leave Syria, but they have not been in a hurry to use any of them.
Prime Minister Ivanishvili said he trusts US intelligence, which concluded that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s military carried out an attack with chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.
“The problem of Syria concerns me a lot. Especially unfortunate was the fact of using chemical weapon, that has a proof. I trust USA very much. They conducted an investigation and according to the conclusion, chemical weapons were used against Syrians. We wish this misunderstanding to end as soon as it’s possible,” Ivanishvili said.