PM: Georgia interested in ‘reset’ of relations with Russia

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Georgia, Tbilisi, May 15 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /

Georgia is doing everything to reset relations with Russia, Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili said in an interview with the Euronews reporter Natalia Richardson-Vikulina.

"Georgia has lost 20 per cent of its territory and we will do everything to regain it. We will regain this territory but I would like to emphasise that everything will be done by peaceful means and negotiation. Violence and force are not acceptable, so I reiterate that our goals will be achieved by peaceful methods and negotiations," Ivanishvili said.

Ivanishvili said the case with Serbia and Kosovo is a very good example. It also reaffirms that the world is changing and the people who did not succeed in the past have now found a common language and have managed to somehow come to an agreement, Georgian Prime Minister said.

"We should do our best and settle relations with our brothers, the Ossetians, Abkhazians and of course with the Russians," he added.

According to Ivanishvili, an investigation of the conflict in 2008 is normal.

In an interview with Euronews, Prime Minister also touched upon the issue of the Sochi Olympics, saying that Georgian athletes will take part.

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 broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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