Georgian president lays down condition for meeting with Russian counterpart
Tbilisi, Georgia, Dec.27
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on one condition - if the talks will be held on the restoration of Georgia's territorial integrity.
The remarks were made by Margvelashvili on the air of Georgian Imedi TV channel.
Earlier, during his annual press conference, Russian president expressed readiness to receive Georgian leaders in Moscow.
Georgian president said that currently, there are two formats of relations with Russia: Geneva talks and Abashidze-Karasin format.
"Certain issues are reviewed within this format," he said. "Certainly, the meeting of the two presidents should touch upon quite different issues."
Margvelashvili added that he has much to discuss with his Russian counterpart such as Georgia's territorial integrity, return of refuges to their homes.
Large scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia 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 ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.