Tbilisi Mayor: Impossible to improve relations with Russia with no negotiations on the fate of separatist regions
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 12 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
It is impossible to normalize relations with Russia without negotiations on the future of the separatist regions, the Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava said on Wednesday.
According to him, neither the Georgian government nor the government of Russia specified what they mean by the settlement of relations without discussing the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"Planes still fly and people still have the ability to move around. If the settlement of relations implies the import of citrus, mandarin oranges, wine, and only that, I do not think it is tantamount to a loss of Abkhazia to some people," Gigi Ugulava 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 recognised 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.