Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 2 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze will meet with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin in Prague in mid-September, Abashidze told journalists on Monday.
According to him, the solution of the issues put forward at the beginning of the dialogue is almost coming to an end.
"The issue of including our transport companies into international transportations has also been solved, which was very hard. This helps to an easy and cheaper entering of our products into Russian market. An increase in the number of Russian tourists this year is the positive side of our dialogue. We have to wait for the simplification of the visa regime in the near future for the particular category of Georgian citizens. This will help to the establishment of relations," Abashidze said.
According to him, establishment of relations with Russia is a long process.
"Naturally, we are very concerned with the events happening near the administrative borders, which were inherited from the previous government and which are the results of the war of 2008. I believe that gradually we will settle this issue. The process of establishing relations with Russia will be hard and long, but the decrease in tension and possibility of an armed conflict and decrease of violence will positively affect both the internal situation in the country and the international affairs," Abashidze said.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
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