Russia to resume dialogue with Georgia only after election of new leadership: President Medvedev
Russia will be ready to resume dialogue with Georgia only after the people of this country will elect a new leadership, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Chinese journalists, ITAR-TASS reported.
"We believe that the current political regime /in Georgia/ is offender, and we will have nothing common with this regime," head of the Russian state said. "But at the same time, of course, after the elections to be held in Georgia sooner or later, we will be ready to discuss a wide range of issues, if the Georgian people will elect a new leadership that can keep a friendly dialogue with Russia and the near neighbors Georgian state - the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia," he stressed.
"Of course, we will stand ready to discuss all matters related to the overall security situation in the Caucasus, the issues that are both a humanitarian and economic," Medvedev said. Russia President lamented that "if it were not for brainless action /of Georgian leadership against South Ossetia/ then everything could have developed differently." According to him, this has complicated Russia's relations not only with Georgia but also with the United States and the EU.
"We were really quite complex negotiations on this subject with the United States, with some European partners, but I do not dramatize," the President of the Russian Federation siad. "Now the situation a bit different: we can disagree on certain issues, our solution at the same time is irreversible, we, of course, suffered but took a decision," he added.
"We render help to two new states: economic, humanitarian and military technology and we are going to do like that in the future. It's our choice, we will deal with these projects," he stressed.