Tbilisi, Georgia, March 3
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative Zurab Abashidze expressed the hope that a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin scheduled for March 14 will take place.
The meeting was postponed from early to mid-March due to technical reasons, Abashidze told journalists on March 3.
"I don't think the meeting will fail, but there is a lot of time until March 14, so we will see how things go," Abashidze said.
The meeting will focus on a possible meeting of the Russian and Georgian presidents, the return of refugees and other issues, according to Abashidze.
The meeting between Abashidze and Karasin was to be held in Prague on March 4-5, but postponed at the request of the Russian side.
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.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.