Tbilisi, Georgia, April 9
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgia attempts to improve its relations with Russia and takes constructive steps with this aim, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said at a press conference on April 9.
Namely such a balanced policy is a priority for Georgia in the international arena, according to the country's foreign minister.
"Georgian government has chosen its path - integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures. At the same time, Georgia tries to improve its relations with Russia and to take constructive steps with this aim," the minister 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 recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.