Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
Moscow stands ready to restore relations with Tbilisi, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He made the remarks Dec. 17 during an annual press conference in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported.
Putin added that Russia is ready to abolish visa regime with Georgia.
"Russia sees positive signals from the current authorities in Georgia, and accepts them," he noted.
Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow after Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Tskhinvali region) in August 2008.
As of now, Russia and Georgia maintain a dialogue within the international talks in Geneva, as well as through regular meetings in Prague between the Georgian PM's special envoy for the relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.
Edited by SI