Georgian official: Country will launch talks with Russia only after deoccupation
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 6 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgia will be ready to negotiate with Russia only after Moscow withdraws its troops from the occupied territories, Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Bakradze said. Bakradze commented on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's speaker.
The bilateral negotiations with participation of Russia as a guarantor is the way to address the conflict in Georgia, Putin said July 5. He stressed that Russia is not the occupier, but only "liberated" South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
"Russia should take the term "occupier" and should get rid of this status by the liberation of our territories," Bakradze said.
Then the Georgian-Russian relations will not have unanswered questions, he added. "I do not think there are any questions, except occupation, which can not be resolved through dialogue, but dialogue can take place only after deoccupation," Bakradze said.
Russia must act within the international norms, Bakradze said, and they involve the liberation of the occupied territories. "Russia should recognize the fact of occupation and to act within the international law," Bakradze noted.
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