FM: Georgia should take decisive steps for NATO and EU integration
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept.14 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgia should take decisive steps for integration into NATO and Europe next year, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Tornike Gordadze, who supervises Georgia's relations with the EU, told Trend.
He said the step is crucial as 2012 is expected to be a difficult year for Georgia.
"Difficulties for Georgian diplomacy in 2012 are associated with Russia's presidential elections," Gordadze said.
He said that the situation in Russia is difficult to predict.
"Predicting the situation in Russia is very difficult. We do not know how this country's leadership will try to use Georgia's name, and the issue requires our activity," he said.
Gordadze underlined that existing challenges indicate that "one cannot relax" next year.
Military actions were launched in the Unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia. Russian troops later occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.