Georgia’s Prime Minister assesses his visit to Strasbourg as successful
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 24 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The Prime Minister of Georgia assesses his visit to Strasbourg as successful.
As Bidzina Ivanishvili told reporters on Wednesday, the Georgian delegation held a lot of meetings yesterday in Strasbourg. He said all his foreign visits were the most successful.
"Especially important was my presentation as well as responding to questions. Working lunch given by Mignon for some reason was not welcomed by journalists due to Russian delegation's attendance. I had the opportunity to talk to them and the Polish deputy, who asked me the most urgent question. I had become very friendly with the Polish deputy. I think we have established good relations with everyone. They were interested in the new team, and they met it," Ivanishvili said.
Prime Minister also touched on relations with Russia and said restoring these relations will not be easy.
"The beginning is good. We were able to establish trade relations through relevant attitude. As for the restoration of the territorial integrity and the final establishment of relations with Russia, it takes time. In a short time one can do what our president has done masterfully. Coming to a standstill is easy, however, getting out of it takes time," Ivanishvili said.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August of that year. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.