Georgian and Russian leaders' meeting not on agenda

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Tbilisi, Georgia, April 10
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The meeting of Russian and Georgian top officials is not on the agenda of Georgian Foreign Ministry.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaniani said that Special Representative of Georgian Prime Minister for Russian-Georgian relations Zurab Abashidze will meet with Russian Deputy Minister Grigory Karasin to talk over humanitarian and commercial issues.

"No other issues are on agenda," Zalkaniani said.

During the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his willingness to meet with the Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Abashidze and Karasin intended to discuss this issue during their meeting in March.

"That meeting was postponed, and now this issue is not on the agenda," Zalkaliani said.

He earlier noted that the meeting of Abashidze with Karasin will be held at the end of next week.

Tbilisi currently doesn't have any diplomatic relations with Moscow, following a large scale military action that was launched in Georgia's South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Later, Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

translated by S.I.
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