Georgian Foreign Ministry expects progress in visa facilitation with Russia
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 11 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia
The Foreign Ministry of Georgia expects progress in the issue of the facilitation of the visa regime with Russia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maya Panjikidze said at a press conference on Tuesday.
According to her, the government already has reliable information that such progress will happen. She also added the Georgian government is also working with the government of Russia in other issues, in particular in the subject of transport, as well as in terms of export of Georgian products to Russia.
"We already have some progress in terms of exports to the Russian market. Information saying that 1 million bottles of wine have already been sent to Russia was released today. This will be a great profit for those who produce wine," Panjikidze said.
As for the restoration of the diplomatic relations, she said that it will happen only after Russian troops leave the country.
"I would also like to note that during my multilateral meetings, our Western partners constantly express positive attitude in connection with the start of a dialogue," the minister stated.
Large scale military actions were 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. In response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.