Putin agrees to meet with Saakashvili

Other News Materials 5 June 2006 11:55 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili's proposal to hold a bilateral meeting during a telephone conversation Saturday, the Kremlin press service said.

The two leaders will meet against the backdrop of Georgian accusations that Russia was building up a military presence under the cover of a peacekeeping contingent rotation in the South Caucasus country's self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia, reports Trend.

Saakashvili said at a session of the Georgian National Security Council that the meeting would take place in St. Petersburg June 13 and would focus on the resolution of Georgia's conflicts with breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"Our position has always been concrete," he said. "We are ready for close and constructive relations with Russia based on the principle of absolute immunity of the Georgia's territorial integrity, peaceful conflict resolution, removal of all artificial barriers and flexibility."

After the council's session parliament's speaker Nino Burdzhanadze said Russia had "a unique chance" to help Georgia resolve its conflicts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"A big country may help a small neighboring country fulfill its just demands on conflict resolution," she said adding that it could be an unprecedented move in the world practice of peaceful conflict resolution.