Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct. 26 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgia does not refuse from negotiating with Russia. It is not going to refuse from them in the future either, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze told the Russian paper Vremya Novostey.
"I dare quote President Saakashvili, who has repeatedly said that we are ready for comprehensive talks with Moscow without any preconditions at any time and venue. We are waiting for Russia's readiness to constructively solve the problems," he said.
Vashadze noted that one must not indulge in the illusion that Georgia will discuss trade and economic issues or return of mineral water and agricultural products to the Russian market during the negotiations. "The talks will focus on withdrawing Russian troops from Georgia, restoring our territorial integrity, voluntary, dignified and safe return of refugees. Our relations with Russia may be regulated on this foundation. Of course, we understand that Russia's interests must be taken into account at these negotiations. "
Vashadze said that Moscow has not replied to Georgia's proposal yet. "Moscow does not have a thought out strategy for the South Caucasus as a whole and towards Georgia in particular. Russia is observing the developments. But one should clearly understand what he/she wants to make any achievement in this complicated region of the South Caucasus. Do you want five or six military bases? Partners will listen, but they will consider such a policy unreasonable. If one needs security, stability and cooperation, it cannot be achieved by threats and war," he said.
Nevertheless, the minister believes the negotiations with Russia are inevitable. "They will take place, but still it is hard to name the exact date [of the negotiations]," Vashadze said.