Russian ambassador calls for better understanding for Moscow

Georgia Materials 15 August 2008 19:23 (UTC +04:00)

The Russian ambassador in Germany, Vladimir Kotenev, called for more international understanding for Moscow on Friday, saying that problems such as terrorism should only be solved "with Russia, not against Russia", reported dpa.

Speaking in an interview with German Deutschlandradio and other German media, he said: "What we appreciate in the relations with our German partners is the confidence and the commitment to listen to each other," he said.

"Of course this does not mean that we are always of the same opinion," he added.

He appealed to the United States to work with Russia and not against Russia in solving problems such as terrorism.

He also defended Russia's ongoing military presence in the central Georgian city of Gori and the Black Sea port city of Poti, adding the Russian army had seized two large arms caches in Georgia.